MOUNT VERNON — Things were looking good for the Mount Vernon girls soccer team late in the first half Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets had a 1-0 lead, but watched that disappear quickly as visiting Delaware scored three unanswered goals to win the Ohio Capital Conference match at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Mount Vernon (1-4) had taken a 1-0 lead with 13:17 left in the first half when Heather Wantland scored off a long feed from Chelsea Boutin. Boutin had taken the ball away from a Delaware player at midfield, then struck one long toward the goal that Wantland tracked down and beat the Pacer goalie.
“Those two have played together for four years. They know where each other is at on the field and they do a good job of feeding each other,” said Mount Vernon coach Vit Streska.
The teams had traded some decent attempts early, but it was the Jackets that got on the board first.
“The first half I thought was pretty good. We controlled the ball and the tempo of the game,” Streska said.
But, it didn’t last for long.
The Pacers (4-1) came back just two minutes later to knot the game at 1. A Delaware shot hit the crossbar, but the ball remained in its half of the field. Delaware’s Bethany Naegele then booted in a long-range shot that curled over the head of MV keeper Kenzie Crawford.