TIFFIN – Megan Hall didn’t think an early morning kickoff was a part of Clear Creek Amana’s slow start on Saturday.
Hall wasn’t sure the wind played a role in the Clippers’ halftime deficit against rival Solon, either.
In fact, Hall wasn’t sure what led to a lackluster opening 40 minutes for Clear Creek Amana on Saturday.
The senior just knew her team changed what was wrong quickly in the second half.
Class 1A fourth-ranked Clear Creek Amana erased a 1-0 halftime with four unanswered second-half goals on its way to a 4-1 win over 1A No. 7 Solon (1-1) in a WaMaC matchup on Saturday in Tiffin.
“I just think they were more ready to play than us the first half,” Hall said. “We changed that the second half.”
Clear Creek Amana evened the score at 1-1 less than three minutes into the second half, then put the match away scoring three goals in the final 17:30 while improving to 2-0 on the season.
“It was a great turnaround,” Clear Creek Amana coach Matt Harding said. “I think some of our senior leadership really showed there and we were just a little more focused.”
Solon took an early lead just three minutes into the match when senior Emma Moss blasted a shot over the head of Clear Creek Amana keeper Sarah Johnson from 25 yards out.
Moss’s fourth goal of the season provided the only scoring of the first half as Solon took a 1-0 halftime lead.
That lead didn’t last long.
Sophomore Hannah Bormann provided the equalizer three minutes into the second half and Clear Creek Amana never slowed down.
From the right side of the box, Bormann lofted a shot past the Solon goalkeeper into the upper left corner of the goal to knot the score at 1-1 with 37:22 left.
“The tide changed at the kickoff, they came out so much stronger in the second half than they played at any point in the first half and I think it threw us off,” Solon coach John Tucker said. “Then we were on the defense the entire time instead of attacking.”
Hall gave Clear Creek Amana its first lead of the game in the 63rd minute when she slipped a shot past Herdliska into the left corner. It was Hall’s second goal of the season.
“Our intensity just really built after that first goal,” Hall said. “We were a lot more confident and intense after that.”
Bormann provided some cushion less than two minutes later when she slipped a shot past Herdliska on a breakaway to make the score 3-1.
Freshman Carolina Herrera capped the scoring by heading in a loose ball in from point-blank range in the 79th minute.
“I don’t know what the shot stats looked like from the first half to the second half but it was night and day,” Harding said. “We had a little bit of success early and we built on it.”