A group of Lady Knights celebrating a goal during their win over the visiting Paulding Panthers Monday night. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
A group of Lady Knights celebrating a goal during their win over the visiting Paulding Panthers Monday night. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)

CONVOY- The Crestview Lady Knights welcomed the Paulding Lady Panthers on Monday night at Crestview High School, this matchup wouldn’t count towards the teams Northwest Conference as these teams have already played their league game earlier in the season. A second half brace from Madalyn Ward ended a five year drought for Crestview as the Lady Knights picked up the 3-2 victory over Paulding.

Crestview looked prime to score in the first minute of the match as a shot from Lindsey Schumm and Hope Loyer were blocked by Paulding defenders.

In the third minute, the Lady Panthers played a long pass from Hannah Eckhart to Isabelle Heitman who’s slight touch directed the ball into the path of Morgan Iler. Iler, who scored all four goals for Paulding in the previous match, went sprinting towards the Crestview goal.

Iler’s neat low finish put Paulding up 1-0. A shot from Jade Sheaffer and Salex Overmyer got saved by Paulding goalkeeper Chelsea Bullinger as the Lady Knights were on the hunt for the equalizer.

After twenty minutes of strong possession, the Lady Knights finally got their justice as a Aliya Clouser’s shot deflected off a Lady Panthers defender. The ricocheted perfectly for Overmyer who teed up a low shot into the far post.

Overmyer’s low shot found the back of the net and Crestview tied the game at 1-1 in the 29th minute.

Near the end of the first half, Crestview was awarded a free kick from just outside the penalty box—Madalyn Ward’s kick barely sailed over the top bar to send the game into the intermission tied at 1-1.

The Lady Panthers made a goal keeping change at half time as Ashlynn Rice took the gloves from Bullinger.

An early chance for Crestview’s Loyer rolled just wide of the Paulding net in the 42nd minute.

Paulding was the first to score in the second half. The Lady Panthers put some pressure on the Crestview back line who attempted to clear the ball. The ball found it way to Iler who took advantage of an open net and gave Paulding a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute.

The first goal in the second half really opened up play for both sides as the remainder of the second half was end-to-end action.

The Lady Knights got four straight shots on goal from Clouser who’s fourth shot forced Rice into a diving save to her left side.

Crestview tied the game up in the 64th minute, when Ward hit a rainbow shot from 25 yards out that dipped just below the top cross bar and out of the reach of Rice’s jumping efforts. Ward’s 25 yard chip tied the contest up at 2-2.

Eleven minutes later, Ward sent a curling effort in the top right corner to give Crestview a 3-2 in the 75th minute.

It was probably the five longest minutes of the Crestview girls’ soccer team life as the Lady Knights played out the final portion of the game. The Lady Knights picked up their first win in five years and John Dowler first win as Crestview soccer coach.

“We had our moments we were up and down, up and down,” said Paulding girls soccer coach Ginny Pettenger “Crestview played hard tonight. We switched goal keepers at half. And we have kind of discovered a natural talent we in goal in Ashlynn.”

“Everyone played hard tonight, we had a couple injuries so we only had one sub,” said Crestview girls soccer coach John Dowler” It’s beginning of the stretch run for us. We are going to try and do the same thing against Ada tomorrow. Its feels really good and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of everyone’s shoulders.”

The Lady Knights improve to 1-5 on the year and Paulding drops to 1-5 on the season. The Lady Knights travel to Ada High School to take on the Ada’s girl soccer team. Paulding faces off against Evergreen on Thursday night at Evergreen High School.