2018-11-07 / Sports

Archbold Boys Blank Kalida In Regional Semifinal 4-0

After an emotional district final win over Ottawa Hills, the Archbold boys soccer team avoided a letdown and defeated Kalida (9-4-6) 4-0 in a Division III regional semifinal, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Findlay.

“The field conditions were tough,” said Sean Stewart, AHS head coach. “ A lot of slipping out there.

“What we didn’t lack was determination and effort. The guys put in a lot of work.”

Archbold came out in its usual attacking style offense, looking to grab an early goal to seize the momentum.

It took just over six minutes to score, but it was the Wildcat defense that was guilty of an own goal after a defender accidentally knocked the ball past goalie Brayden Recker to give AHS a 1-0 lead.

Archbold struck again with 26:53 left in the first half. Josh Kidder sent a crossing pass that Clay Gerig redirected, and Elijah Zimmerman slammed past Recker for a 2-0 lead.

Kidder, Archbold’s career scoring leader, added another goal when he took a shot from just outside 20 yards that blew past the keeper to give the Streaks breathing room and a 3-0 lead.

Kalida managed only two shots on goal all game, while the Streaks worked the second half to increase their lead.

Archbold put the final goal of the night on the board when Andrew Hogrefe split the defense, dribbling down the middle of the field and finding Gerig on the left side for an open shot and a 4-0 advantage with 17:46 remaining.

Kalida never had a counter against a stiff Blue Streak defense, and the Streaks advanced to their third regional final in four years.

“We struggled to pass the ball today,” said Stewart. “We weren’t crisp the way that we normally could be.

“It was a gritty performance but we came out on top, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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