ROSSFORD – Archbold didn’t let the wind and rain or Maumee Valley defense bother them Tuesday, as the Blue Streaks struck early and often for a 5-0 win against Maumee Valley Country Day in a Division III boys soccer district semifinal at Rossford.
The second-seeded Streaks move on to play top-seeded Ottawa Hills in Saturday’s district final. The Green Bears handed Archbold its only defeat this season.
“We saw them in the regular season,” Archbold coach Sean Stewart said of the Green Bears. “We didn’t get the result that we wanted. We played a hard, close game. They are a premier program in Northwest Ohio.”
Archbold peppered the Maumee Valley goal early, and finally broke through for a goal 10 minutes in. Josh Kidder was able to clean up a shot for the first of his three goals in the game for a 1-0 lead.
“Going against the wind we knew we had to keep the ball on the ground,” Stewart said of attempting shots early. “I thought we played some really nice combination plays. We knew if we kept the pressure down there and kept working and working, the goals would come.”
All three Blue Streak goals in the first half looked the same. Kidder was able to redirect a shot for a goal with 23:17 left in the half, plus Kidder again cleaned up a mess in front of the net off a corner kick for a 3-0 Archbold lead, which was the score at halftime.
“Playoff games, you’ve got to grind them out,” added Stewart. “You have to take goals any way you can get them. The pretty goals count the same as the ugly ones.”
With his three-goal effort, Kidder passed teammate Kaiden Bedsole for the all-time goal scoring mark at Archbold with 61 markers.
Trey Theobold converted a turnover at midfield by Maumee Valley into a goal in the second half, and Andrew Hogrefe completed the scoring by being the beneficiary of great passing to make the final tally 5-0.
“We knew we had to come out, get a couple (goals) and put the game away,” the Archbold coach said of coming out and scoring in the second half. “That allowed us to get some of our players rested a little bit more for Saturday.”
Maumee Valley didn’t register a shot on goal in the second half until there was 17 minutes left to play.
Archbold (16-1-1) and Ottawa Hills (16-0-2) are scheduled to play the district final Saturday at 5 p.m.