LIBERTY CENTER – Archbold added to its trophy case Thursday, as the boys soccer team took down Liberty Center 3-1 to win the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title outright.
The Tigers were looking to become the first team other than Archbold or Bryan to win a boys soccer title. Instead, the Bluestreaks took home their fourth in a row.
“Liberty Center has been showing all year that they are a dangerous team, and we knew we would be in a battle,” said Archbold coach Sean Stewart. “Winning the NWOAL is a goal of ours at the beginning of each season, and we’re very happy to bring a title to our school and community.”
Around five minutes into the contest, Archbold’s Javier Peche got a breakaway chance where he lofted the ball over the Tiger defense and goalkeeper Orry Killam, making it 1-0.
But, just three minutes later, the Tigers’ Zach Miller with the help of a Weston Kundo assist, found the back of the net to knot it up.
The Streaks got a momentum-boosting goal later in the half when off a Josh Kidder corner kick, Ethan Hagans redirected to Andrew Hogrefe for a goal, making it 2-1 with seven minutes left in the first half.
Archbold had many chances in the second half before finally cashing in with 13 minutes remaining.
Kidder swooped in from the right side and scored with ease, reaching the final tally.
Although winning titles has become normal for the Bluestreak boys, each season is different. This year is special in that it’s the senior campaign for players like Kidder and Hogrefe, who have been instrumental in the team’s success throughout their four years.
“The great thing about this year is that our seniors have known nothing but great success in the league throughout their careers,” said Stewart. “They, along with their teammates, have put in incredible effort over their 4 years, and they truly deserve this.”
Archbold (14-1-0, 5-0 NWOAL) is at Woodmore Tuesday at 5 p.m. to close the regular season.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010