The Archbold boys soccer team hosted Fort Jennings, Saturday, Aug. 30, earning a 1-0 victory before traveling to Riverdale Saturday, Sept. 6, and handing the Falcons a 1-0 defeat in a matchup of district-ranked teams.
Archbold stands at 4-1-1 on the season.
AHS 1, Fort Jennings 0
Strong defensive efforts by both teams kept the scoreboard clean in the first half.
Archbold picked up the pace after halftime when, in the 45th minute, Archbold mounted a counterattack after a Musketeers miscue.
Sophomore forward Jack Fisher crossed the ball to junior Jeremy Lerma, who finished the Streaks’ go-ahead goal.
The Archbold lead held for the remainder of the match, dropping Fort Jennings to 1- 3-1.
The Streaks had the edge in shots on goal, 7-1, with Archbold goalie Elijah Robison earning one save while Musketeers keeper Ryan Koester grabbed six.
Archbold had seven corner kicks to Fort Jennings’ four.
The junior varsity game played to a scoreless draw.
AHS 1, Riverdale 0
A tight contest was expected when the Streaks, ranked fourth by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association in the Northwest District, Division III, visited thirdranked Riverdale.
Expectations were confirmed as the teams battled through most of the first half with no score, despite numerous scoring threats from both sides.
Less than two minutes before halftime, Fisher was tripped from behind in the penalty area, generating a penalty kick opportunity for Archbold.
Lerma calmly bombed the penalty kick into the upper left section of the goal for the go-ahead score.
The close battle continued into the second half when Riverdale earned a penalty kick of its own with 23 minutes remaining. Robison correctly dove to his right to stop the Falcon penalty kick shot and preserve the 1-0 victory.
The Falcons out-shot Archbold 9-7 with Robison get- ting nine saves while Falcon keeper Austin Clark had six.
The Streaks had the edge on corner kicks, 9-5.
The loss was Riverdale’s first, dropping it to 3-1-1 on the season.
“Our defense had to make some adjustments at halftime to slow down the Riverdale attack,” said Sean Stewart, AHS head coach.
“Elijah played very well the whole match, and obviously his penalty kick stop was huge, pulling us through for the win.
“This is an important win for us over a quality opponent.”
The Archbold (5-0-1) JV defeated the Falcons 5-0. Kyle Ott chipped in two goals. Connor Hagans, Trevan Kindinger, and Jonah Waidelich also scored.