Archbold tallied a pair of goals early and a pair of goals late as the big rivalry game with Pettisville in boys soccer once again went Archbold’s way, 4-0, Saturday afternoon.
The game, scheduled for after a junior varsity game just before noon Saturday, dealt with some changes as rain forced a time change and a canceled JV contest.
The Bluestreaks went right after the Blackbirds, picking up a goal in the first 10 minutes. Josh Kidder picked up the first tally with his straight-on goal. An offsides call erased a second goal, but it didn’t stop Archbold. With 27:25 left to play in the half, Clay Gerig found Trey Theobald for a 2-0 lead.
“Overall, we competed well,” Archbold coach Sean Stewart said of the game.
Pettisville did go on the attack when play resumed, and nearly matched the goal as a shot by Detric Yoder hit the underside of the crossbar but never crossed the goal line.
“We had a couple opportunities in the first half,” said Pettisville coach Barnaby Wyse.
The physical play of the rivalry game also led to the Blackbirds playing a man short in the second half. Mitchell Avina picked up his second yellow card with 36:53 left and had to sit, forcing the Blackbirds to play 10-versus-11.
“Obviously, as close as we are and the kids all know each other, it’s always going to be a little bit of a chippy game,” said Stewart. “The second half calmed down a little bit. First half, with the score close and things hanging in the balance, the boys were after it on both sides. We like to see that. We’re happy to play a physical game.”
The Blackbirds held their own, until Elijah Zimmerman scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the game. On the first, he was in the right place when Kidder shed a pair of defenders and found him, and his final goal with 3:50 to go ended the scoring.
“I liked the physicality of the game, I liked we didn’t back down,” added Wyse. “We played them as tough as anybody and we’re still getting better.”
Archbold (3-0) played Ottawa Hills yesterday in a district final rematch. The Streaks visit Bryan Thursday to open Northwest Ohio Athletic League play. Pettisville (1-3) hosts Otsego today.
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