|Elida boys advance in Division II soccer|
|Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:33 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
The ’Dawgs didn’t seem to mind as they secured the upper-bracket sectional title with a 5-0 triumph over host Defiance.
“Our style of play is a possession game anyway and we did that tonight,” Elida coach Tom Thomas noted. “We want to move the ball and keep it at our feet. When we do that, we are at our best. We work well together and we create chances, while forcing the opponent to play our tempo.”
Elida (11-4-2) had the first shot on-goal of the match at 35:43 of the opening half when Shawn Ezell launched a 12-yarder but Defiance (2-16) keeper Juan Montez (11 saves against 19 shots) got the save.
He could not at 32:03. Jerod Houston set it up with a lead pass to Adam Ordel on the left side, where the junior fired a 14-yarder from the left wing to the right side of the cords for a 1-0 edge.
The Bulldogs (2-16) had their first shot on-goal at 31:20 when Ricky Sheffel had an 8-yard header stuffed by Elida keeper Garrett Brinkman (4 saves vs. 7 shots).
Defiance had another scoring chance at 19:30 when Warren Wall had a try from the left wing but Brinkman came out and forced a wide shot.
Elida, especially Houston and Ordel, kept the pressure on the offensive attack and made it 2-0 at 15:38. Off a throw-in from the left side by Ezell, he eventually got the orb back and made a great individual effort, splitting the defense and getting a 1-on-1 with the keeper; Montez came out and got a piece of the 12-yarder but the ball trickled in to the right side of the net.
At 15:06, the ’Dawgs nearly made it 3-0; Ezell fired a 14-yard shot from the left wing that the keeper deflected and Gunner Braun was in the doorstep of the right post but missed on the putback.
At 11:40, Defiance had another chance on a 20-yarder by James Bauer but Brinkman got the save.
The Orange and Black did make it 3-0 at 5:37. Off a 3-on-2 break, Logan Frysinger fed Ordel from the right side to the post, where a 1-touch from eight yards found its mark.
Montez made a diving stop of a 12-yarder by Riley Overholt at 4:16 but he could not stave off the fourth goal of the half. At 1:44, Houston fired from the top of the 18 and found the left side of the net.
Defiance had a last scoring chance at 2:55 on a 23-yarder by Kyle Lacey but a defender got in the way of the blast.
Defiance did have the first shot of the second half — a 22-yarder by Justin Pasterz — but Brinkman was up to the challenge.
Elida almost added the fifth tally at 24:40 but a 23-yarder by Houston hit off the left post.
The match became increasingly chippy as the play wore on, with a couple of yellow cards assessed.
At 22:14, Elida was called for a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Devin Leitner had the honors but hit the crossbar; the follow shot was wide.
The ’Dawgs, who had one effort at 27:14 by Ezell denied by Montez and a second at 25:05 by Overholt that missed just over the bar, got their own PK at 17:38 when a foul was called on Defiance in the box. A.J. Siefker had the honors and he went to the right side; Montez deflected it but it bounced to the left post, ricocheted off and went in.
“Defensively, we were solid. We kept our shape and didn’t give them a lot of open looks,” Thomas added. “Part of that is, again, how we play offensively. At our best, we are controlling the ball and limiting our opponent’s touches in their offensive end.”
Elida will tangle with Shawnee at 5 p.m. today at Elida.
“Elida hit us quick. It could have been worse; we sacrificed some offense to try and keep them from scoring more the second half because we knew we couldn’t outscore them,” Defiance coach Eric Burns noted. “We will lose a number of seniors but we started six sophomores all season; I’m excited to see how much they develop in the off-season.”
The nightcap will feature Bryan — a 6-0 victor over Ottawa-Glandorf in the late match at Defiance Monday night — versus St. Marys Memorial.