KALIDA — Elida passed the ball around and through the Kalida midfield most of the night.
And when Elida wanted to shoot, it cut loose with screaming liners.
Elida controlled the match in a 4-0 Thursday night boys soccer victory against Kalida.
Elida stands 11-0. Kalida is 6-4-2.
“They are as good as advertised,” Kalida coach Mark Czubik said. “We knew going in we were going to have a tough go of it. I think for the first 35 minutes it was fairly even. Sure, they had a couple of opportunities, then we gave up that one with five minutes to go (before the half). Then, we gave up another one just before halftime.
“I don’t think our kids played that poorly. Elida is that good.’’
Elida outshot Kalida 16-1. The pass-and-possession game was equally dominated by Elida.
“Kalida is always well coached and disciplined,” Elida coach Tom Thomas said. “To do what we did tonight, I’m really pleased with how we played.’’
Much of the game was controlled by the Elida midfielders: Cody Gay, Jake Taylor, Noah Davis and Corbin Fingerle.
“We kept ourselves spaced out,” Elida midfielder Cody Gay said. “Our last game against Van Wert we played one-two touch the whole game and we looked pretty good. That’s what happens when you do a lot of one-two touch.’’
And while Elida had almost all of the scoring chances in the first half, the match was scoreless most of the in the first half.
Elida broke through when Noah Davis hit a corner kick and the ball landed in the heart of the box in the middle of a scrum of players. Finally, Corbin Fingerle rammed it home to give Elida a 1-0 lead.
That came with 5:20 left in the first half.
Almost two minutes later, Elida scored again.
Jake Taylor, on the right of the box, chipped one to the penalty mark and Cody Gay headed it home.
“I think we’re playing as a team now,” Gay said.
Thomas said, “That was a really good goal. Two really good goals to get us up at half. … We were able to settle in (in the second half) and keep possession.’’
That gave Elida a 2-0 lead with 3:46 left in the half.
Elida made it 3-0 on an own goal, when the ball went off a Kalida defender and into the net with 36:41 to go.
Elida’s Riley Bartels found freshman Seth Mahlmeister and he drilled a line-drive goal to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead with 22:52 to go.
Elida had 10 corner kicks, while Kalida had one.
Kalida backup goalkeeper Brad Siefker had 10 saves. Elida goalkeeper Caleb Jones made one save.
Kalida was short-handed, with two players injured and two out on discipline.
One of the injured players was starting goalkeeper Brayden Recker.
“I don’t it made that much difference at all,” Czubik said. “The kid playing in goal (Siefker) is a field player. Yea, it may have hurt us a little bit, but I don’t think it was a factor in the game whatsoever.’’
Elida (6-0 in the Western Buckeye League) has two big WBL matches next week. Elida is at Shawnee on Monday and will play Kenton at Elida on Thursday.
“We’re playing with confidence, but we’re only as good as our last match,” Thomas said. “We know next week is going to be a big test for us.’’
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