LIMA — The Temple Christian boys’ soccer team put visiting Allen East under extreme pressure from the onset of their Division IV sectional match Tuesday evening at Temple Christian.
The Pioneers kept the pressure up and the end result was a 4-0 victory that gives Temple Christian the right to play at Ottoville at 5 p.m. Saturday for the sectional title.
“We’ve been working on trying to be in position to be able to receive the ball from our teammates.” Pioneers coach B J McPheron said.
And that is exactly what happened as three of the four Pioneer goals came off of pretty assist passes from a teammate.
The first Temple Christian goal came on a header by Levi Shenk at the 33:39 mark of the first half on a nice pass from Seth Ward.
The Pioneers continued to control possession and struck again at the 9:40 mark when Jacob Holloway scored on a kick from just outside the 18-yard box on a pass from Cameron Worsham.
The lead would grow to 3-0 when Worsham scored at the 27:30 mark of the second half on a nifty pass from Isaac Lee.
Ward would score the final goal of the match when he banged home a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box with only 22:54 left to play.
“Seth Ward missed three weeks with an injury and it really helped to have him back.” McPheron said. “We did what we had to do tonight.”
Temple Christian was content to possess the ball from that point on and everyone got a chance to play in the match as McPheron substituted freely with the 4-0 lead.
The Pioneers dominated the statistics as they attempted 24 shots in the game to only seven for the Mustangs. Temple Christian took seven corner kicks to only one for Allen East.
The Mustangs goal keeper, junior Dalton Clum, had a strong effort as he recorded 12 saves in the match.
“We are a young program and they brought the pressure tonight.” Allen East coach Jason Calvert said. “We are trying to build a program and these kids have had three coaches in three years; we will move forward as we have good numbers. The positive is we did better than last year and showed some improvement.”
The Mustangs bow out with a final record of 4-9-1 while the Pioneers advance to the sectional championship match with a season record of 11-4-2.