|Elida boys beat rival Tribe in District soccer|
|Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:14 PM|
ELIDA — Elida and Shawnee are old foes in the Western Buckeye League.
No matter the sport, they go at each other hard and tough.
Wednesday afternoon at the Elida Soccer Complex, the host Bulldogs got the measure of the Indians 3-0 in Division II District semifinal action.
“We knew Shawnee would come at us hard; we have seen it time after time. We knew we had to weather the storm the first 10-15 minutes,” Elida head man Tom Thomas explained. “Brice (Coolidge) as the sweeper and (senior defender) A.J. (Siefker) in particular did a nice job of staying deep. Once we weathered the storm, we could get into the match. Getting that first goal was big because we could then relax a little bit.”
The loss also saw the end to 28-yarder Shawnee head coach Dick Hagen’s career for the Tribe boys.
“I have had a lot of good players and good teams over the years; they all played hard for me. Perhaps we didn’t have the offensive talent this year that we have had but they played hard; it’s just tough to see it end for them,” Hagen added. “When I first started, we were a young program and my whole goal was to see if we could make this program competitive. It took a lot of patience and learning on my part. I had a great ride.”
After both teams had an initial shot that was saved by their respective goalkeepers: Elida junior Garrett Brinkman (7 saves vs. 7 shots on-goal) and Shawnee (9-7-2) senior Troy Brinkman (5 saves vs. 8 shots); the Bulldogs (12-4-2) took a 1-0 lead at 25:33. Despite going against a brisk wind, a quick counterattack got junior Adam Ordel a good look and he found the net.
At 18:25, senior exchange student (Norway) Simen Domaas had a 22-yarder denied by the Shawnee keeper.
At 17:15, off a corner kick from the left side, Shawnee senior Evan Bell had a 6-yarder from the left post deflected by a defender standing on the post and the Elida keeper finally gathered it in after a scramble.
The Orange and Black made it 2-0 at 12:46. Junior Jerod Houston made a good move on the right wing and found Domaas in the middle, where he deposited a 10-yarder back to the right side.
Shawnee had a near goal at 5:23 off a header from junior Matt Dailey but Bulldog senior Coolidge — who later left the match due to an injury — headed the 10-yarder over the crossbar.
Shortly after, the visitors had a great chance to put one in the goal off a corner kick but after another wild scramble, Garrett Brinkman came up with the ball at 4:40.
Elida had the first scoring effort of the second half with 38 minutes left as junior Shawn Ezell had a 22-yarder but T. Brinkman made the save.
At 33:30, Domaas had a look from 25 yards denied by T. Brinkman.
The Indians nearly cut their deficit in half at 30:30 when senior Andrew Ritchie made a great run down the left side, got by a defender and veered toward the wing; his 12-yarder was deflected by a diving G. Brinkman and senior Austin Davis’ follow shot was knocked awry by a defender.
At 28:05, Ordel was denied from the top of the 18-yarder box.
However, the ’Dawgs added the crucial third tally at 23:46. Off a steal at midfield, sophomore Dalton Reichert passed ahead to Domaas in the middle; he made a short run to the left post and fired a 14-yarder to the opposite side past a diving keeper for a 3-0 edge.
“What Simen brings to the table is a solid all-around game. He distributes the ball well, he reads the field, he is great with the ball at his feet, hehas a lot of tools,” Thomas added. “With him up front, along with Jerod and Adam, we have three interchangeable parts. They complement each other so well.”
The Bulldogs then held on for dear life as Garrett Brinkman turned back three attempts at the goal in The last 12-plus minutes: at 12:14, when he stopped Bell’s 24-yarder; at 11:22, when Bell’s 28-yard laser was knocked down by a diving netminder; and then at 8:50 when senior Alex Clark’s 20-yarder was stopped.