Second-seeded Archbold broke open a close game by scoring three goals in the final 11:47 as the Blue Streaks took down Genoa 6-0 in a Division III boys soccer sectional championship game Saturday at Spengler Field.
“Genoa was coming off a big win and we haven’t played in a week and a half,” Archbold coach Sean Stewart said about the start of the game. “I expected that we would come out a little sluggish, a little rusty and they would come out flying. Certainly, that wasn’t the plan, but that’s what happened.”
Archbold led in a physical game 3-0 when a flurry of goals late put the game away. Josh Kidder started the late run with a goal off a penalty kick with 11:47 to play. After Genoa hit the post with a shot, Archbold came right back. Kaiden Bedsole hit Clay Gerig with a pass on the far side of the net that Gerig was able to put in for a 5-0 lead with 5:13 left to play.
Connor Hagans sealed the win with a goal inside the final minute.
In a first half that saw two yellow cards issued to Genoa, it was the Streaks who were able to jump out to the lead. Kidder assisted Luke McQuade for a goal, and 20 minutes went by before the next goal. On a free kick with 6:04 left in the half, Hagans sent a short pass to Kidder, who buried a long shot for a 2-0 lead.
“Teams are going to come at us, we’ve had some success the last few years,” Stewart said of the rough play. “Teams are going to come at us and we need to be prepared for that. We’ve got to play through it. I think we did a good job of that today.”
Early in the second half, Kidder carried the ball in and spotted Andrew Hogrefe, who picked up a quick score for a 3-0 lead.
Archbold had 17 shots on goal to just two for Genoa in the contest. The Streaks (15-1-1) will face Maumee Valley Country Day (13-4-1) in a district semifinal at Rossford.
The game is the second of a doubleheader Tuesday. Pettisville plays Ottawa Hills in the opener.