Van Wert’s Courtney Byrd (7) battles Amber Miller for the ball during the Lady Green’s 9-0 win on Tuesday. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Van Wert’s Courtney Byrd (7) battles Amber Miller for the ball during the Lady Green’s 9-0 win on Tuesday. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
By Nick Johnson
DHI Media Correspondent
VAN WERT — It took 20 minutes of game action and a whole host of shots before the Ottoville Lady Green could get one past Van Wert’s netminder on Tuesday night, but once they broke the seal, it was a one-sided affair. Ottoville cruised to a 9-0 route against the Lady Cougars on Tuesday.
The Lady Green won a corner kick in the second minute of the match, and senior Haley Landwehr got three shots on goal in the first seven minutes, but Van Wert goal keeper Sadie Zartman was able to prevent Ottoville from scoring. Van Wert got two free kicks around the 15 minute mark with the second free kick about 30 yards from goal.
The Lady Green used a little trickery as Dana Eickholt passed it to Landwehr, who tried to chip the ball over Zartman’s head, but quick reaction by Zartman, tapping the ball over the net, prevented the goal.
At the 20 minute mark, Carly Korkokrax played a through-ball to Landwehr who beat Zartman to the left post to give Ottoville a 1-0 lead.
Off of another corner kick at the 25-minute mark, Courtney Von Sossan beat the Van Wert keeper to the top right post to give the Lady Green a 2-0 advantage. A few moments later lightening was spotted and the game had to be delayed 45 minutes.

The Lady Green (1-1) came out of the delay firing on all cylinders as Amber Miller netted a goal and Landwehr scored twice more to get the hat trick for the game and push the Ottovile’s lead to 5-0.
Coming out of the half, Ottoville got a fourth goal from Landwehr in the 45th minute to push the Lady Green lead to 6-0. Two minutes later, Nicole Williams knotted her first goal of the match and the Lady Green’s seventh goal of the game.
The Cougars (0-2) had chances to score. Van Wert was awarded two free kicks, in the 57th minute and in the 59th minute, just outside the penalty box. The best of those tries came when Alea Hill took the free kick for Van Wert and struck the ball beautifully, which then forced the Ottoville goal keeper to come off her line where she caught the ball in mid-air.
The Lady Green got two goals in the final 15 minutes of the second half as Alexis Wannemacher and Lyndsay Schweller each scored.
“You know, we had spurts where we actually played pretty well,” stated Van Wert coach Rich Nouza. “In the second half, we played with a little more intensity, and I wish we would have had some better shots there. But, it’s a learning process and we are a young team. We are learning our positions and it’s the second day on back-to-back games.”
The lightning delay served gave the Big Green a chance to regroup after what had been a frustrating first half.
“That’s something we have no experience in (dealing with a delay), but Ottoville came out of the restart and got three goals. It was a little bit disconcerting that they came out a little more fired up, but it’s a learning experience,”Nouza added. “We need to get focused on getting back to basics. We got 14 more games lef,t and we get back to practice this week with another game on Monday.”