BATH Ė A physical game is typically what you see when two good teams face off in a playoff-type game.
The Bath Invitational tournament final game did not disappoint.
Bathís Conner Rockhold scored two goals, while his brother, Logan Rockhold, added a goal of his own to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 win over Continental Thursday in the Bath boys soccer championship game on Thursday night.
"We knew early on they held a deep line," Conner Rockhold said. "So we knew we had to work the ball up the field, and Logan (Rockhold) was making runs in behind and I got him the ball a lot. Thatís what we knew we had to do is get behind their defenders."
"There were times we didnít possess as well as we shouldíve," Logan Rockhold said. "I think thatís why they ended up putting in two goals on us. Itís always good to know youíre not satisfied with winning by one goal and you want to improve every day."
Conner Rockhold scored for Bath in the opening minutes of the game. Not long after, Continentalís Gabe Williams scored his teamís first goal before Logan Rockhold gave Bath the lead back going into halftime.
In the first four minutes of the second half, Conner Rockhold scored Bathís third and final goal of the game, giving it a 3-1 lead. The score remained the same for the next 32 minutes.
Continental spent most of the second half backed up to its own goal. But with around five minutes left, the Pirates began to get aggressive and quickly had an offense set up in Bath territory.
With four minutes left, Zack Schwarzman nudged the ball past Bath goalie Cole Chambers to cut the Bath lead to 3-2. Continental continued to put pressure on, but Chambers was able to come up with a big save with two minutes left that stifled Continentalís final scoring opportunity.
"After Continental scored that second goal, that really built a lot of confidence for them," Bath coach Jeremy Winegardner said. "When we play Continental, it feels like a WBL (Western Buckeye League) game, and thatís why I love playing them. Weíre always looking to get better. I think we still need to do a better job of possessing the ball, but we did a lot of good things tonight that we can be proud of."
"Our guys played hard," Continental coach Brian Stegbauer said. "We wouldíve liked to have come out in the second half and get a goal to tie it up so we could play for the win. But we got down 3-1, and I think some of our younger players especially need to realize that thereís plenty of time for a comeback. And I think they realized tonight that they can come back against the best of them."
LCC 5, Lima Senior 1
In the third place match, Lima Central Catholic defeated Lima Senior 5-1, led by two-goal performances by Jacob Williams and Bruce Hodges. Williams also added an assist for LCC.
"We knew that Lima Senior was going to be better than they have been," Williams said. "We couldnít take them lightly. We came out and played them hard."
"On my first goal, the ball bounced in front of me and I put it in a spot that I didnít think the goalie could get to," Hodges said. "The second time, I took advantage of a mistake by their defender that put me by myself and I had a good shot."
Also scoring for LCC was Zach Schroeder.
Ian Gulley scored the only goal of the game for Lima Senior.
Bath Invite finals