Blackbirds tie with Maumee in boys soccer


Pettisville soccer converted a pair of penalty kicks, but it wasn’t enough as their battle with Maumee ended in a 3-3 tie Thursday at Pettisville.

The Blackbirds even took an early lead when Detric Yoder got behind the Panther defense and scored to make it 1-0 at the 33:06 mark of the first half.

However, Maumee’s Tyler Nayfack took advantage of a goalkeeper that was out of position almost seven minutes later, firing one into the back of the net to knot it at 1-1.

Pettisville’s first penalty kick allowed them to break the tie. It came when Eli Grieser was taken down in the penalty area at the 26:31 mark of half number two. He banged his shot into the left corner to put the Birds ahead.

Maumee then retied it at 2-2 with 19 minutes to go on Braden Wagener’s shot from the left side.

The Panthers used a two man effort to put them ahead 3-2. Nayfack received a nice crossing pass from Jeremy Fradette and he converted, giving Pettisville only 6:30 to match them.

Yoder would get another Blackbird PK with 3:43 left, and he scored on the right side, leaving Maumee goalkeeper Isaac Tolbert frozen in the process.

Neither team could muster a goal in the final three plus minutes.

Archbold overwhelms Pettisville, 7-0

Not even a quick change of venue could slow down the Archbold boys soccer game. Having to move from their usual home of Spengler Field to the football field because of turf issues, the host Blue Streaks played the annual night game with Pettisville and the result was the same, a 7-0 win by the hosts.

“I think the boys did a good job,” Archbold coach Sean Stewart said of the move to Bluestreak Stadium. “We came out Friday after school and ran around and planed a little bit on it. Every field is a little bit different, every away game we see a different field. The boys are used to adjusting to that.”

Archbold appeared to have struck for a goal just a minute and change into the contest, but that all changed at the 26 minute mark. Kaiden Bedsole found the mark on a header, which really got the Blue Streak offense going.

Clay Gerig followed 10 minutes later, then on a corner kick, Trey Theobold found Josh Kidder for a goal.

“Tonight we did an okay job finishing,” stated Stewart. “We’ve got to start turning all these chances into goals. Possession-wise, I thought we did well. We could do a little bit better and clean up some of the passing. For the most part the boys fought well.”

Pettisville did try to match the physicality of the bigger Blue Streaks, but that plan backfired in the final three minutes. Theobold was taken down on his way to the net, and he finished off the penalty kick to take a 4-0 lead into halftime.

“My team fought the whole way through,” said Pettisville coach Barnaby Wyse. “Fouls were 13-14 so they went right at it. There was a lot of fight in them.”

“It was a physical game,” echoed Stewart. “Pettisville brought it and they set out early to stop us from scoring. The biggest thing was to stay patient.”

Archbold kept the attack going in the second half. Kidder blasted a shot just under the crossbar with 26:26 to play for a 5-0 lead. Pettisville later made a keeper change as Justin Rupp fought for as long as he could on one good leg.

“It’s too bad we can’t play 8-on-8,” Wyse said about the injury, plus others, hurting his depth. “I have some real good leaders and I don’t doubt we’ll get better. Our goal is to play Archbold again in the tournament.”

The Blue Streaks needed 10 minutes to break in the new keeper. At that point, Andrew Hogrefe deposited a ball in the back of the net to make the score 6-0. Archbold tallied one more on a Kidder goal that found an open net when the Pettisville keeper came out of the net to play the ball.

Archbold (3-0) plays at Ottawa Hills today and will host Bryan Thursday at Woodland Park at 5 p.m. Pettisville (1-2-1) returns home tonight for a match with Miller City.

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Detric Yoder takes a ball upfield prior to scoring a goal for Pettisville Thursday against Maumee. The Blackbirds tied with the Panthers 3-3, but fell at Archbold on Saturday 7-0.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/08/web1_Yoder-before-scoring.jpgDetric Yoder takes a ball upfield prior to scoring a goal for Pettisville Thursday against Maumee. The Blackbirds tied with the Panthers 3-3, but fell at Archbold on Saturday 7-0. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Connor Wyse of Pettisville, left, handles the ball while Trey Theobold defends for Archbold during Saturday’s game.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/08/web1_Wyse-and-Theobold.jpgConnor Wyse of Pettisville, left, handles the ball while Trey Theobold defends for Archbold during Saturday’s game. Randy Roberts | Fulton County Expositor
Archbold shuts out Pettisville

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

Randy Roberts contributed to this article