The Archbold boys soccer team opened the 2012 season with a dominating 7-0 win at Riverdale, Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Streaks were paced by junior midfielder Brodie Nofziger, who had a school record-tying four goals.
Nofziger wasted no time, scoring a header at the goal mouth in the fifth minute after senior Shae Hernandez served the ball from the left side.
Nine minutes later, senior forward David Bontrager knocked in a leaping volley from three yards away after a Nofziger pass from the right goal line.
In the 16th minute, Nofziger put the Streaks ahead 3-0, drilling a penalty kick to the upper left side after being tripped in the penalty area.
Hernandez closed out Archbold’s first half scoring in the 27th minute with a goal from 20 yards on the left side after a Bontrager pass from the middle.
The Streaks resumed their offensive display 17 minutes after halftime when the Riverdale goalie came off his line during a flurry of activity, allowing Nofziger to launch a shot off the keeper’s hands and into the net.
Eleven minutes later, Nofziger capped off his record day with a goal from 15 yards on the right side, assisted by a long service ball from junior defender Jacob Ott.
Nofziger shares the school record with Aaron Bontrager, who had four goals at Liberty Center on Sept. 14, 2010.
Freshman midfielder Jeremy Lerma notched Archbold’s seventh score in the final minute of play, tallying the first score of his high school career from 12 yards away in the middle.
Bontrager assisted Lerma with a flip pass from the right side.
The Archbold defensive corps, anchored by Ott, sophomore Gavin Morton, junior Micah Bernath, and seniors Seth Yoder, Ben Eggers, Ryan King, and Alex Hurst, clinched the shutout and seldom allowed the Falcons past midfield.
Archbold outshot Riverdale 14-2 with AHS junior keeper Emerson Radabaugh garnering two saves.
Archbold won the JV contest 3-0 with sophomore forward Jackson Waidelich notching a hat trick.