FINDLAY – The first goal Archbold scored Wednesday might have been with a little luck. The other three, those were all skill.
Using that first goal seven minutes into the contest, the Streaks ran past Kalida 4-0 in a Division III boys soccer regional semifinal at Graham Stadium in Findlay.
Kalida helped with the first goal. The help came in the form of a defender, who was trying to run with Archbold’s Trey Theobald towards the net. When the ball cut behind the two players, the heel of the Kalida defender struck the ball and it careened into the net for an Archbold goal.
“Clay (Gerig) put a great ball across,” Archbold coach Sean Stewart said of the first goal of the game. “Own goals happen, typically for a reason. We’ll take them when we can get them.”
The Streak offense was on display for the rest of the half. With just under 27 minutes to go in the first half, Clay Gerig fed Elijah Zimmerman for a goal and a 2-0 lead. Gerig added a second assist in the half when he sent a ball outside the box to a waiting Josh Kidder, who blasted in his 91st career goal.
“For us, it really was about effort,” mentioned Stewart. “We didn’t pass the ball real crisp. We were lacking and had a letdown there, but I couldn’t fault the effort.
“It’s really about getting the ball to the right areas of the pitch,” added the Archbold coach. “That last goal was a great example of it. We won the ball off their midfielder and three passes and a goal.”
Archbold tacked on a goal in the second half when Andrew Hogrefe found Gerig.
Kalida took three shots on goal in each half. The three in the second half were good shots, but each time Noah Cheney was able to step up and make a save.
“Defense was solid,” stated Stewart. “Kalida has some big boys. They are tough and strong. It was an effort to push them out and limit the shots.”
Archbold (19-1) will now face Independence (20-0) tomorrow at Port Clinton High School for the regional championship.
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