Riding hat tricks by midfielders Kaiden Bedsole and Jeremy Lerma, the Archbold boys soccer team won on the road at Wauseon on Thursday, 8-0.
“I thought we did a really nice job of taking control early,” said Archbold coach Sean Stewart of his team’s performance. “Kaiden Bedsole really set the tone for us and was rewarded with a hat trick. Jeremy Lerma really dominated the middle of the park along with Austin Welch. I thought our entire offense was really clicking and we stuck to our plan of playing the ball on the ground and building up the right way.”
Just 1:25 into the contest, Bedsole notched his first of three goals on a hard hit ball from the right-side.
He also scored the second goal of the game at the 34:33 mark of the first half after Josh Kidder’s throw in, putting the Blue Streaks up 2-0.
Prior to that, at the 37:17 mark, Josh Kidder got his foot to a ball that was airborne. However, Wauseon goalkeeper Lucas Blanchong stopped the shot.
Archbold then added goals from Lerma with 29:15 remaining, and Kidder with 26:52 left, pushing the advantage to 4-0. A nifty goal was made by Bedsole with 23:35 remaining as he headed the ball in off a pass to center from A.J. Short.
Lerma added the last two goals of the half which allowed the Streaks to go into the locker room with a 7-0 cushion.
They did not waste much time in the second, scoring on Connor Hagans’ goal with an assist from Andrew Hogrefe with 23:33 remaining to equal the game’s final tally.
Wauseon did have a pair of scoring chances around the 22 minute mark.
First was Canidate Vickery whose penalty kick sailed high. Then, with 22:02 remaining, Orlando Uribes got in close but Archbold keeper Elijah Robinson made the save.
Archbold’s defense, which has not allowed a goal in 10 straight games, was on point all game long.
“Our defense continues to shine. Defending is always a team effort, and the boys have shown that they are very committed to that,” said Stewart. “Ten consecutive clean sheets is a real accomplishment that doesn’t happen without great effort and great leadership in the squad.”
The Streaks, however, did give up a goal on Saturday at Ottawa Hills, still earning the win by a final of 5-1. Wauseon lost 7-1 at Maumee.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010