2018-10-10 / Sports

NWOAL Title Stays In Archbold

AHS Boys Soccer Team Claims Fourth Straight Championship


Archbold’s Javier Peche flicks the ball over Liberty Center goalkeeper Orry Killam for the first goal of their NWOAL game.– photo by Mario Gomez Archbold’s Javier Peche flicks the ball over Liberty Center goalkeeper Orry Killam for the first goal of their NWOAL game.– photo by Mario Gomez Archbold defeated Continental 7-1 and scored a big win over Liberty Center to win the Northwest Ohio Athletic League championship last week.

The Streaks (14-1, 5-0 NWOAL), ranked seventh in Division III in last week’s Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association weekly poll, defeated the Tigers 3-1 to capture the league title, their fourth straight and seventh in nine years.

“Coming into every season, goal number one is to win the league,” said Sean Stewart, AHS head coach.

“I’m proud of the boys for the effort they’ve put in all season.

“We’re very happy to bring a title back to our school and community.”

AHS 3, LCHS 1

Liberty Center played host in a winner-take-all NWOAL title showdown, Thursday, Oct. 4.

It didn’t take long for Archbold to strike. Javier Peche followed a punt kick from keeper Noah Cheney and beat the defenders to the goal and flicked a shot over the head of LC keeper Orry Killam for a 1-0 lead five minutes into the contest.

The Tigers (12-1-1, 4-1 NWOAL) struck back fast, scoring on a Zach Miller goal three minutes later to tie the game at 1.

Archbold maintained possession for the majority of the game but didn’t score the eventual game winner until late in the first half.

A corner kick by Josh Kidder found the head of Ethan Hagans, who redirected the ball to the waiting foot of Andrew

Hogrefe, who blasted a shot to the back of the net for a 2-1 halftime lead.

Another dominating second half by the Streaks led to a Kidder goal with 13 minutes to play for the 3-1 victory.

For the seniors playing their final games in a Blue Streak uniform, it caps a career that includes a 19-0- 1 league record with three outright titles and a title tie with Bryan in 2016.

“These seniors especially deserve another title with the body of work they’ve put in over four years,” said Stewart.

AHS 7, Continental 1

Archbold traveled to Continental (7-6-2), Tuesday, Oct. 2, and came home victorious 7-1.

The Streaks led 5-0 at the half and coasted in the second half.

Elijah Zimmerman and Hogrefe scored two goals each. Kidder, Peche and Trey Theobald each score one.

Clay Gerig, Chase Kohler, Kidder, Theobald and Hagans had assists.

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