Vikes pound Toledo Christian, edge Maumee in boys soccer

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor and Enterprise

Toledo Christian coaches were worried about everything pregame from how their name was announced, to handshakes or player contact to how they lined up.

Maybe they should have worried about coaching the game as Evergreen ripped off five first half scores, then coasted to a 6-0 rout on Thursday in boys soccer.

The Vikings followed that with a big 2-1 win over Division I Maumee on Saturday.

“We told the boys all week what we were going to see,” said Viking coach Dave Skoczyn. “It was going to be a little smashmouth, it was going to be physical especially against Maumee.

“We knew they were going to come at us, they blew us off the field the first 30 minutes last year on their field, we had to come out fast. I told them it wasn’t pretty and at times it wasn’t soccer but if you want to compete for championships, you have to win games like this.”

Evergreen outshot the Eagles 14-1 in the first half in their scoring barrage that began at the 37:44 mark.

Nick Rosinski’s pass split three Eagles and found Tyson Woodring in front for the score.

Then, 15 minutes later it was another Rosinski feed, this time to Riley Dunbar who blew past two defenders for a goal.

Dunbar stole a pass and beat Gavin Justus for Evergreen’s third goal at the 15:56 mark and six minutes after that, freshman Evan Grasser chased down a shot and got a dump off to Rosinski for a fourth first half score.

Dunbar’s backtap kick pass to Woodring got the fifth goal of the first 40 with 5:24 to go.

Grasser scored the last Viking goal off a Dunbar shot in the second half.

Evergreen outshot Toledo Christian 23-4 with Walker Lumbrezer making three saves in the net.

Lumbrezer was critical in the match against Maumee.

Brodie Setmire knocked home a shot off Rosinski’s drop off in the first 68 seconds of the contest but Maumee’s Blake Wagener tied it later in the half.

Evergreen took the lead for good halfway through the first.

Elijah Hernandez perfectly placed a left corner kick that Woodring punched home to give Evergreen the lead for good.

Then it was all Lumbrezer as the first-time goalie stepped up big.

The senior made two big saves on Wagener in the first three minutes of the second, then corralled four more Panther attempts before the end of the game.

“Walker is getting better and better every day,” expressed Skoczyn. “He’s a sponge, he keeps learning more and more and wanting more and more reps and I have to give credit to (assistant coach) David (Skoczyn) who works with him every day.”

Evergreen, now 3-1, plays Liberty Center Thursday.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor and Enterprise