|Elida boys roll past Van Wert|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:41 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
ELIDA — Elida’s boys soccer crew dominated Van Wert 5-0 in Western Buckeye League action under the lights Monday night at Elida Sports Complex.
“We wanted to stay focused both halves and be consistent the whole way. I think we did that,” Elida coach Tom Thomas said. “We wanted to put good possessions together, good touches, good passes, get good shots and finish well. We did that. I give Van Wert credit for playing spirited soccer.”
Van Wert coach George Scott is trying to get his program to that point.
“We’ve got some good players, like Joe Lisa and Jacob Williamson, that have played soccer a long time,” he explained. “Where we can’t keep up with good teams like Elida is experience; all their players have been in the sport for a number of years and I have many, like Joey Moreland and Matt Bidlack, who are seniors playing their first years.”
Senior Riley Overholt scored twice in the first half for the host Bulldogs (4-2-1, 2-1-1 WBL).
The first came just 14 seconds into the match, putting the orb past Cougar keeper Bidlack (5 saves against 8 shots on-goal in the first half) to put the hosts up 1-0.
As the Bulldogs continued to control the ball in their offensive end most of the first half, junior Adam Ordel made it 2-0 midway through the half.
Overholt put the Bulldogs up 3-0 at the 12:10 mark as he put a 12-yarder into the back of the cords.
Elida, which was credited with 14 shots on-goal, maintained ball possession most of the second half and kept attacking the goal, forcing sophomore keeper Wade Healey (4 saves against 6 shots on-goal in the second half) to come up with stops: at 34:47, when he denied junior Jerod Houston from the left wing; at 27:18, when Ordel’s 25-yarder was stopped; and at 24:07, when senior AJ Siefker’s 30-yarder was gathered by the keeper.
At 23:30, a handball was called in the box on the Cougars. Sophomore Gaerid Littler got the opportunity and went low and hard to his left for a 4-0 edge.
At the 21-minute mark, Littler got a great opportunity behind the defense but Healey came out and deflected the shot away.
However, Littler would not be stopped at 13:46 made a run down the left side and found the back of the net from 13 yards on the wing for a 5-0 edge.
Elida junior netminder Garrett Brinkman faced one shot on-goal (1 save), coming with 4:10 left as Moreland’s 20-yarder was stopped.
Elida visits Shawnee 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We wanted to get ready for them today as well,” Thomas added. “This has been one of our most traditional rivalries and it’s always a good matchup. We know they are going to play with a lot of emotion from the start and we have to be ready to match that. I believe we are ready and we will match their emotion.”
Scott sees steady improvement from his crew.
“We are trying to look like a soccer team,” Scott added. “We show times when we put good possessions together — doing all the things right to do so — but not consistently. It takes time to put it together but we’re working hard at it.”
Van Wert hosts Bath at 5 p.m. Thursday.