The Archbold Blue Streak Boys U-11 soccer team had its third home game, Thursday, Sept. 11 against the Defiance Strikers. Austin Welch was the first to score two minutes into the game. AJ Short scored next. Jared Kidder switched with Kyle Kinsey as goalie during the first half. Seth Mayer scored three goals before halftime.
In the second half, Mayer started in goal. As right forward, Kidder whipped out two quick goals with one from a corner kick from Welch. Michael Weigand scored before switching into goalie position. Kinsey and Alex Weaver scored two goals while playing wing positions. Short, Kegan Ott, and Jack Fisher each scored one goal in the final half. Curtis Wooley and Kyle Ott helped on defense to complete the 15-0 shutout.
The team traveled in the rain to Millbury, Sunday, Sept. 14 to play their second game against ESSL Arsenal. Players were checked in under the park shelter to keep out of the rain before starting the game. ESSL scored first by a cross from their right forward, even though the left forward was offside. They used home field advantage to score a second goal on their smaller fields.
Mayer was first to score for the Blue Streaks, and Weigand began driving through ESSL players, but they were still down 4-2 at halftime. Rain continued to fall into the second half. Archbold got its groove and kept the ball mostly on the ESSL side. Weaver, Kyle Ott, and Wooley drove the opponents out of their penalty area. Weigand scored two goals. Then, from out of the blue, Kidder, who was standing just over the halfway line, powered the ball up like the St. Louis arch over the goalie’s hands and right under the crossbar of the goal.
The Archbold crowd cheered and watched "Jumping Jennifer" Kidder, who was helping Tara Short coach in Mike Weaver’s absence.
Kyle Kinsey, goalie, and his defense kept ESSL from scoring in the second half. Weigand scored a final goal to make it a 6-4 win.
The undefeated Blue Streaks’ next home game is Saturday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m. against Valentis.
The Blue Streaks Boys U-12 Soccer Club hosted the Bryan Storm, Friday Sept. 12. Rain during the whole game made for difficult handling of the ball.
Midfielders Jeremy Lerma, Joshua Liechty, and Zach Meyer worked very well together to contain the ball in the wet conditions. Keepers Luke Fisher and Nate Rosenbauer did their best in the mud pit that was the goal area.
The game ended with the score tied at 2 with goals by Matt Sevey and Jackson Waidelich.
The U-12 team (2-0-1) has two new players, William Collins and Nate Rosenbauer. Both saw action and are great additions to the team. Elijah Robison was out because of a sprained ankle.
The Archbold Blue Streaks Soccer Club Boys U-14 team traveled to Liberty Center, Sunday, Sept. 14, battling the Tigers to a 1-1 tie in a torrential downpour. After a scoreless first half, the Streaks got on the board in the fifth minute of the second half when Caleb Liechty knocked in a goal from the left side after a nice pass from Seth Yoder.
Liberty Center scored the tying and final goal seven minutes later.
The team plays at Wauseon, Sunday, Sept. 21, 5 pm.
The boys U-18 team visited Pettisville, Tuesday, Sept. 9, returning with a 4-1 victory over the junior varsity Blackbirds and improving its season record to 3-1.
Pettisville got a tally in the 13th minute, but Archbold recovered five minutes later when senior defender Garrett Waidelich stole the ball, dribbled through several players and scored. The Streaks added another goal in the 27th minute when midfielder Aaron Bontrager pounded a shot from 30 yards out that the Blackbird keeper successfully deflected, only to have winger Jarett Lerma knock in the loose rebound.
Just after halftime, winger Austin Short scored for Archbold after a pass from the right side from Nathaniel Rodriguez. With 17 minutes remaining, Blue Streak Bobby Rodriguez scored the final goal with a header off a left side corner kick from Bontrager.
Archbold returns to action Saturday, Sept. 20, in a 7 pm match with Maumee Valley Country Day under the lights at Spengler Field.