ROSSFORD – After a scoreless first half, Pettisville couldn’t duplicate the defensive effort as the Blackbirds had the most successful soccer season in school history come to a close after a 5-0 defeat to Ottawa Hills in a Division III district semifinal at Rossford Tuesday.
The Green Bears took advantage of the wind at its back in the second half. Both teams dealt with a driving wind all game.
“The weather wasn’t kind,” said Pettisville coach Barnaby Wyse after the loss. “We got beat by a better team today. They are pretty organized. They have fine passing in the final third (of the field).”
Ottawa Hills outshot Pettisville 9-1 in the first half but had nothing to show for it. That all changed when the Green Bears struck for a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Drew Hoffman played a ball off a Pettisville defender for a goal, then five minutes later Dylan Schreder hit a shot off a post, but it was cleaned up for a 2-0 lead.
“Goals were going to be hard for us to get today,” admitted Wyse. “It had to be 1-0 if we were going to win. Once they get two or three goals it is really hard.”
The Green Bears pushed the lead to 3-0 on a header with 26:32 left to play.
Jan Durst played a ball into the Pettisville end that resulted in a goal and the Green Bears finished off the attack with one final tally with 3:57 to go to make the final 5-0.
Pettisville was outshot 23-2 in the game.
The Blackbirds – who won a sectional title for the first time in school history – finished the season with a record of 14-3-2.
“We had the sectional title and exceeded the expectations of everybody,” Wyse said of the season. “As a fifth seed we beat a fourth seed in the sectional final. We knew we were up against it with Ottawa Hills.”