OTTOVILLE - Back on September 27, a feisty Miller City team was able to hang with Ottoville for awhile before succumbing to the Big Green onslaught 4-0. The two teams met again Saturday afternoon in a very physical Division III boys soccer sectional championship, and the match was very similar with Ottoville winning 4-1.

Top-seeded Ottoville (15-1-1) advances to meet 3rd-seeded Continental in a district semifinal at Kalida on Wedneday at 7:00. Miller City, the 7th seed, ends its season at 6-11-1.

Ottoville got an early goal with 31:54 on the clock. Senior Dalton Davis took a perfect cross from senior Nolan German and knocked a straightaway 10-yarder into the right side of the net — 1-0, Big Green.

However, the Wildcats quickly bounced back to tie it. A short-range Miller City blast was deflected by Ottoville’s junior goalie Kaiden Trentman, but the ball flew directly to junior Brent Verhoff who headed a point-blank shot into the net — 1-1 with 30:31 on the clock.

With 23:28 left in the first half, Big Green senior Joe Miller smacked a penalty kick into the top edge of the net to up the margin to 2-1.

With only 6:17 remaining in the half, junior Kyle Manns lofted a perfect corner kick from the right side to Davis who headed a five-yarder high into the net —3-1, Ottoville.

In the first half the ball spent a considerable amount of time in both ends of the pitch. Ottoville had 11 shots (10 on goal) to Miller City’s seven shots (four on goal). The second half was a different story. During the last 40 minutes, the Wildcats didn’t get a single shot, while the Big Green continued to fire away — 13 shots (nine on goal), and only the fine goaltending of sophomore Joseph Deitering kept it reasonably close.

With 25:44 left in the game, Miller took a throw-in from the left corner and smacked an eight-yard grounder into the left side of the net. That 4-1 lead seemed pretty safe considering that coming into this match, the Ottoville defense had only given up four goals all year.

Things frequently got chippy during the afternoon. The officials dealt out three yellow cards — two to Ottoville and one to Miller City.

Scoring summary:

8:06 — Dalton Davis (OV) — assist Nolan German. 1-0.

9:29 — Brent Verhoff (MC) — 1-1.

16:32 — Joe Miller (OV) — penalty kick. 2-1.

33:43 — Davis — assist Kyle Manns. 3-1.

54:16 — Miller. 4-1.


Shots — OV 24, MC 7.

Shots on goal — OV 19, MC 4.

Saves — Kaiden Trentman (OV) 3, Joseph Deitering (MC) 12.