Archbold boys soccer headed to state


By Max Householder - [email protected]



Archbold’s Jared Kidder, right, slides in to knock the ball away from Kyle Maag of Fort Jennings on Wednesday in the regional semifinal game.

Archbold’s Jared Kidder, right, slides in to knock the ball away from Kyle Maag of Fort Jennings on Wednesday in the regional semifinal game.


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Jeremy Lerma of Archbold sends a pass upfield in the regional final on Saturday against Columbia. The Blue Streaks scored three second half goals to lift them past the Raiders, 3-1, and propel them to the state semifinal on Wednesday.


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Archbold’s Josh Kidder, left, uses some nice footwork to get by a Raider defender.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

PORT CLINTON – The Archbold boys soccer team, which is full of senior leaders and young, up and coming talent, is living up to their potential as they defeated Columbia Station Columbia, 3-1, in the Division III regional final Saturday at Port Clinton to advance and be one of the state’s final four teams.

Down 1-0 at halftime, the Blue Streaks rallied with three second half goals, including two in the final 17 minutes to come up with the win.

“We talked about wing play at halftime,” said Archbold coach Sean Stewart. “Because we knew that in the first half we could really expose them out wide. That’s where our goals came from, really, is nice wing play.

“The boys went out and executed. They did a great job. They didn’t get their heads down when we went down a goal. Really proud of the effort.”

The Streaks were caught off guard by the Raiders in the first 10 minutes of the contest when at the 31:47 mark, a loose ball in front of the Archbold goal resulted in a goal by Justin Clark, giving Columbia the lead.

However, Archbold, for most of the first half and the game for that matter, was the more aggressive team on offense. The Streaks got numerous opportunities to score, including a pair of shots from the right side by senior Jeremy Lerma with around 15 minutes left in the first half.

But despite their best efforts, the Streaks trailed at the half 1-0.

However, they came out with constant pressure yet again to begin the second half, and only 3:30 in, Lucas Yoder found A.J. Short who headed a shot into the back of the net for the equalizing goal.

“I didn’t know if it was going over, or where it was going. But, at the end it went in and I was just so proud of myself and my team for giving me the opportunity,” said Short of his goal.

“Those are always big goals,” added Stewart. “When you can equalize and equalize early, that gives you energy for the rest of the half. The longer you go without equalizing, the more pressure you feel. That goal early on really kind of pushed us forward to continue and score more.”

And score more they did.

After a quality attempt from 30 yards out by Columbia’s Wolfgang Loos, Archbold’s Jack Fisher headed in Josh Kidder’s boot which ricocheted off the top of the post to put the Streaks ahead, 2-1, with 16:51 left in the game.

As the Blue Streak offense continued to fire shots at Columbia goalkeeper Trevor Fess, they put the icing on the cake with 9:26 to play as Josh Kidder weaved through the Raider defense and hammered a shot in the back of the net.

Archbold now travels to Sandusky High School Wednesday night where they will take on Canfield South Range in the state semifinal in Division III. The contest has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.

“I have dreamed about it since I was a kid. And now we are going,” said Short. “It is an amazing feeling, and I know we are going to do great because we are a great team.”

Streaks blank Fort Jennings

To advance to Saturday’s regional final, the Blue Streaks defeated Fort Jennings, 1-0, in the regional semifinal on Wednesday.

“We knew that Fort Jennings was going to press us. They are a team that’s organized and they play hard,” said Stewart. “We knew we had to stand up to that physically, and we went out there with that mentality. But we also knew that we had to play our game, keep the ball on the ground and try to possess.

“For the whole game I think the team defended brilliantly. It was a great effort from everybody on the field to defend.”

The Archbold offense was on the attack in the first half, starting action with Josh Kidder’s direct free kick from 30 yards out that was saved by Fort Jennings’ goalkeeper Kyle Hellman at the 34:30 mark of the opening half.

Following a Lerma free kick that was also nabbed by Hellman, Archbold’s Austin Welch booted a shot into the left corner of the net for a goal to make it 1-0 with 15:03 left until halftime.

The Streaks settled in and played excellent defense after the goal.

“I think the game slowed down, actually, after the goal. Which is odd,” said Stewart. “But that was good for us. We were able to start possessing a little bit.”

The one-goal advantage carried into the half and after the break where Archbold’s strong defensive effort led to more opportunities on offense.

Denver Beck came up from his defensive position for Archbold at the 36:21 mark of the second half, getting his head to a ball off a corner kick but the attempt was knocked away by Hellman.

Then, with 35:28 remaining, Lerma put a shot on goal from 15 yards away that was saved by Fort Jennings. Josh Kidder drilled one on target from the corner with 26:29 to go, but that attempt was also saved.

The Musketeers, realizing their season was in jeopardy, began to pick up the intensity in the final 20 minutes.

With just under 17 minutes remaining, a host of Musketeers peppered the Blue Streak goal, however, the Streaks’ defense rose to the challenge.

Austin Wisner of Fort Jennings attacked from the left side with 6:21 left, but his shot from 15 yards away pushed to the right keeping the score the same.

The last ditch effort by the Musketeers came with 3:24 left on the clock. Troy Ricker was awarded a free kick from about 25 yards out that he lofted over a wall of Blue Streaks to keeper Elijah Robison who gobbled it up.

“It is a collective effort,” said Stewart of his team defending their late push. “The forwards’ came back and really harassed their midfield which helped.”

Archbold’s Jared Kidder, right, slides in to knock the ball away from Kyle Maag of Fort Jennings on Wednesday in the regional semifinal game.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Jared-slide.jpgArchbold’s Jared Kidder, right, slides in to knock the ball away from Kyle Maag of Fort Jennings on Wednesday in the regional semifinal game. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Jeremy Lerma of Archbold sends a pass upfield in the regional final on Saturday against Columbia. The Blue Streaks scored three second half goals to lift them past the Raiders, 3-1, and propel them to the state semifinal on Wednesday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Lerma-pass.jpgJeremy Lerma of Archbold sends a pass upfield in the regional final on Saturday against Columbia. The Blue Streaks scored three second half goals to lift them past the Raiders, 3-1, and propel them to the state semifinal on Wednesday. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Archbold’s Josh Kidder, left, uses some nice footwork to get by a Raider defender.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Kidder-footwork.jpgArchbold’s Josh Kidder, left, uses some nice footwork to get by a Raider defender. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

By Max Householder

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Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010

Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010