SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – The final on the scoreboard read: Kalida 1, Shawnee 1.
In the end, the only winner was the 89-degree temperature and high humidity.
The hot, muggy day zapped most of the tempo out of the game early, as Kalida and Shawnee batted to a 1-1 boys soccer tie Monday at Shawnee.
“This is really hard on you physically and mentally,” Kalida’s Grant Laudick said. “Trying to get back is tough, but both teams had to do it.’’
Shawnee coach Ryan Quatman said, “It’s hot, but it’s hard to make excuses for things. They (Kalida) came out with good intensity and they caught us sleeping early in the game and we decided to wake up for the last 20 minutes.
“I thought they (Kalida) played hard and won most of the 50-50 balls.’’
Shawnee is 2-1-1. Kalida has three ties in its three matches, all against the Western Buckeye League, Ottawa-Glandorf, Defiance and Shawnee.
“It’s all right, but obviously, we want something better,” Laudick said.
Brayden Ward scored for Shawnee. Brad Siefker scored for Kalida.
Shawnee outshot Kalida 12-6.
“I think they were the better team,” Kalida coach Mark Czubik said. “I’m not afraid to admit that. But when it’s 90 and humid, it’s tough for both teams and I think midway in the second half I think you could see fatigue setting in with them since he didn’t sub nearly as much as I did.
“But clearly, we were the more fatigued team at the end of the game. We were holding on for dear life.’’
Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn had three saves.
Kalida goalkeeper Brayden Recker had nine saves.
The varsity match started at 5 p.m. and the heat was stifling the entire way.
Both teams struggled to build an offense most of the first half.
Shawnee got a few more rushes through the midfield, but wasn’t able to capitalize with quality shots.
Then, in the final minute of the first half, the Indians had a surge up field.
Freshman Jake Miller came down the left wing and crossed it to Ward in the box and he let go a low liner from 15-yards out.
Ward’s shot found the lower-left corner of the net to give Shawnee a 1-0 lead with 38 seconds left in the first half.
Kalida had its power surge in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Kalida’s Aden Fersch made a pass from just outside the box to Siefker who knocked it home from 12-yards out.
That tied it at 1 with 35:24 to go.
Shawnee rallied in the final 15 minutes and began to come at Kalida in several waves.
With 15 minutes to go, Shawnee’s Ethan Swallow took a free kick from 30-yards out and it banged off the right post.
Shawnee would have one more key chance at the end.
With 15 seconds left, Shawnee’s Ryan McGuire was one-one-one with the Kalida goalkeeper from 12-yards out, but his shot just slipped wide left of the goal.
Both teams played well, defensively.
Kalida was led by sweeper Evan Roebke.
Shawnee went away from its longtime favorite, flat-back four defense and played a 3-5-2 formation, with three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards.
Shawnee center defender Jack Fraser was flanked by defenders Zach Chambers and Kyle McGuire.
“We’re a midfield-heavy team,” Quatman said. “You can’t stick with your formation as a coach because you like the formation. You have to change it to your players. We have some good midfielders and some good, attacking players.
“It works for us. We’ve had some success with it.’’
Czubik said, “Tip your cap to him (Quatman). “They have an excellent squad. … I’m proud of my kids. They played hard.’’