|Big Green boys notch 10th win of season|
|Monday, October 08, 2012 1:37 PM|
By BOB WEBER
The Delphos Herald
OTTOVILLE — Saturday afternoon, the Ada Bulldogs boys soccer team traveled to the Ottoville Sports Complex to take on the Big Green in a non-league matchup.
The Big Green controlled the match from start to finish in a 5-1 win over the Bulldogs.
The Big Green, coming off of an emotional Putnam County League win over Kalida Friday night, was able to guard against a letdown and score four first-half goals.
Big Green head coach Eric Gerker knew this day would be a test: “We really wanted to stress that there could be no drop-off from last night’s game against the Wildcats. We came out the first half and really possessed the ball well and were able to get an early lead.”
Ottoville scored its first goal at the 30:47 mark from an excellent throw-in by senior Bryan Hohlbein that found fellow senior Dylan Klima, who headed the ball into the back of the net.
At the 20:02 mark, host senior Logan Gable, from 30 yards out, sent a sharp line drive shot that eluded Bulldog junior goalie Tate Anspach for the second goal of the afternoon.
The Big Green’s leading scorer on the season, senior Anthony Eickholt, got his team’s third goal at the 11:57 mark.
Freshman Drew Williams rounded out the scoring in the half with a goal at the 2:56 mark, sending the Big Green to a 4-0 lead into halftime.
During the second half, Gerker emptied his bench, giving his starters a much-deserved rest after two matches in the last 24 hours.
Nine seniors played their last home match of the year for the Big Green.
Klima got his second goal of the match at the 19:58 mark, stretching the lead to 5-0
The Bulldogs, who were outshot 9-5 for the game, got their lone goal with 2:15 to go after a Big Green foul awarded the Bulldogs a penalty kick. Junior Caleb Garmon beat the Big Green goalie to score the lone goal for his team in the 5-1 loss.
As the regular season comes to an end next week, the tournament draw was Sunday. The Big Green will play at Kalida versus the Wildcats Oct. 18 (5 p.m.) and the sectional is loaded with an unbeaten Archbold squad, Miller City and Lincolnview.
The Bulldogs will play their sectionals at Continental with Cory-Rawson, Continental, Bluffton and Liberty Center competing.
The Big Green (10-3-1) will take the short bus ride to Fort Jennings for a key PCL match with the Musketeers 5 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner able to tie Kalida for PCL champion honors.
The Bulldogs (2-10-2) will travel next Thursday to Upper Sandusky for a 5:00 start.
Ada 0 1 - 1
Ottoville 4 1 - 5
Shots on-goal: Ottoville 9, Ada 5: Saves: Ada - Anspach 4, Ottoville - Bendele 4.
Goals: Ada - Garmon; Ottoville - Klima 2, Eickholt, Gable, Williams.