The Archbold boys soccer team won a pair of home games last week before going on the road and suffering their fourth defeat of the season.
The Streaks (10-4-1, 4-0-1 NWOAL) defeated Continental and Liberty Center (3-9- 1, 1-5 NWOAL) at Spengler Field and dropped a Saturday contest at Van Buren.
Bryan sits at 3-0-2 with one league game remaining for each team. The Streaks were scheduled to play Evergreen yesterday, Tuesday, while Bryan played Swanton.
“We talked before the game about being in the driver’s seat for the league as long as we take care of business,” said Sean Stewart, AHS head coach.
“It’s crunch time. We have to start playing our best soccer.
“We opened the season with some tough games. We were a team in a little bit of a transition after losing some key players.
“It’s more about how we’re playing at the end of the year than the beginning of the year.”
AHS 5, LC 0
Eleven Archbold seniors played their final home game of the season, Thursday, Oct. 3.
Noah Cheney, Josiah Kindinger, Chase Kohler, Dawson Liechty, Josiah Magallanes, Jarrett Waidelich, Devin Witte, Ethan Hagans, Elijah Zimmerman, Silas Whiteman, and Pepo Gonzalez played on Spengler Field for the final time in the regular season.
It was an aggressive first half for AHS with an unproductive outcome.
A Zimmerman goal with 8:26 on the clock gave the Streaks a 1-0 lead.
Archbold exploded for four goals in the second half and shut out the Tigers.
Krayton Kern scored first, then Zimmerman added his second goal.
Josiah Kindinger and Miles Rupp added the final two goals.
“I thought we moved the ball well and created a bunch of chances,” said Stewart.
“We obviously had some real problems finishing in the first half. We have to do a better job of putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Archbold allowed just one shot on goal, which Cheney halted.
Trey Theobald had a pair of assists while Hagans had one.
JV: Archbold won 1-0.
AHS 4 Continental 0
Archbold recognized its seniors, Tuesday, Oct. 1 against the Pirates (7-5-1) for a non-league contest.
AHS led 1-0 at the half on a Hagans goal.
Zimmerman scored twice to open the second half. Magallanes joined in on the fun, scoring the final goal.
Witte, Theobald, Hagans and Zimmerman each had an assist.
Cheney had four saves.
JV: Continental won 3-0.
Van Buren 2, AHS 0
An early-morning bus trip to Van Buren was on the docket, Saturday, Oct. 5.
The Black Knights (12-1-1, tied for 15th in Division III in the Ohio High School Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll) did all their scoring in the first half after 30 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Hunter Stone scored the first goal with 9:18 on the clock, and assisted on the second goal by Wyatt Atchison.
JV: Archbold, Van Buren tied at 1.