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Archbold Places Second At BG Soccer Tourney




The Archbold boys soccer team finished second at the Bowling Green/Otsego tournament Members are, front row from left: Jarett Lerma, Micah Bernath, Shae Hernandez, Brodie Nofziger, Jay Miller, Jacob Ott, McCaylen Croninger. Middle row: Phil Bontrager, coach; David Bontrager; Clayton Lehman; Jordan Valez; Jonny Lantz; Nate Rodriguez; Seth Yoder; Justin Allison; Ali Gracia, coach. Back row: Gabe Peña; Adrian Ramirez; Blake Drewes; Nathan Wachtmann; Aaron Bontrager; Sean Stewart, coach.– courtesy photo

The Archbold boys soccer team finished second at the Bowling Green/Otsego tournament Members are, front row from left: Jarett Lerma, Micah Bernath, Shae Hernandez, Brodie Nofziger, Jay Miller, Jacob Ott, McCaylen Croninger. Middle row: Phil Bontrager, coach; David Bontrager; Clayton Lehman; Jordan Valez; Jonny Lantz; Nate Rodriguez; Seth Yoder; Justin Allison; Ali Gracia, coach. Back row: Gabe Peña; Adrian Ramirez; Blake Drewes; Nathan Wachtmann; Aaron Bontrager; Sean Stewart, coach.– courtesy photo

The Archbold boys soccer team made a strong showing at the annual 28-team Bowling Green/Otsego high school soccer tournament, July 23- 25.

The Streaks were undefeated in round robin play, besting Riverdale 2-1, tying Woodmore 2-2, and handling Defiance 5-1.

That record placed them in the second of four divisions for tournament play, where Archbold beat Elida 2-1 and knocked off Lima Bath 3-2 in a tiebreaker shootout.

The Streaks lost to Springfield 4-2 in the finals to claim the runner-up trophy.

Archbold 2, Riverdale 1

Goals by Jarett Lerma and Adrian Ramirez built a 2-0 halftime lead that proved too much for the 2008 Division I champions to overcome.

Justin Allison assisted on the goal.

Archbold 2, Woodmore 2

Ramirez knocked in two more goals for another 2-0 Archbold lead, but the Wildcats clawed back with a goal before halftime.

Woodmore notched a penalty kick goal with two minutes remaining to gain the tie.

Archbold 5, Defiance 1

The Bulldogs scored an own goal (Defiance inadvertently knocked the ball in their own goal, scoring a goal for Archbold, even though Archbold didn’t actively cause the goal) and one for themselves for a halftime tie at 1.

The second half was all Streaks with two goals by Aaron Bontrager and a goal each for David Bontrager and Lerma.

A. Bontrager, D. Bontrager, and Ramirez each garnered assists.

Quarterfinals
Archbold 2, Elida 1

D. Bontrager scored on a corner kick from A. Bontrager to put Archbold ahead before Elida responded in kind.

Lerma tallied the winning goal in the 17th minute of the second half.

Semifinals
Archbold 3, Lima Bath 2

After a scoreless tie in regulation, Bath went ahead 2-0 in the shootout, where five players from each team alternately took penalty kicks.

D. Bontrager and A. Bontrager converted their PKs, while Streak goalie Blake Drewes stopped three consecutive Bath shots to tie the score before Archbold’s final PK attempt.

Lerma calmly drilled the game winner for the exciting finish that sent the Streaks to the tournament finals. Finals
Springfield 4, Archbold 2

Archbold trailed for the first time all weekend before tying the score at 1 on a Jacob Ott goal at 12 minutes.

The Blue Devils responded quickly for the 2-1 halftime lead.

Springfield increased the lead to 3-1 before Brodie Nofziger scored on a cross from A. Bontrager to make the score 3-2.

With 10 seconds remaining and the Archbold defense pulled forward for additional offensive chances, the Devils scored their fourth goal to clinch the championship.

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