ELIDA — Elida’s boys soccer team was seeking to take care of business against Lima Senior on a Saturday afternoon battle at the Elida Soccer Complex.
They did that well.
The result was a 7-0 shutout of the Spartans.
“We wanted to do as we always do: have the ball at our feet and make good passes. That was our game plan and getting the lead early makes that easier to do,” Elida head coach Tom Thomas said. “It also helps to get playing time for an overall young team. We have 18 on our roster and we tell them every day that we have to get better. Getting them playing time will only help us down the road for us to get where we want to be this year. Again, we have a young team and any playing time we can get the inexperienced guys we have is important for us and our development.”
For Lima Senior head coach Brad Brock, it’s about the continuing improvement of his Spartans.
“Earlier this season, if we would have fallen behind, we were done. We didn’t do that today, which is a positive development,” Brock said. “We kept trying to do what we set out to do, which was work on our overall game. After halftime, we came out as if it was 0-0. We know we have a long way to go as far as playing at the varsity level and today was another chance for us to learn what it takes to compete at this level.”
Elida (6-2-1) got on board first at 37:13 of the first half as sophomore Seth Mahlmeister put a 10-yarder from the left wing by Lima Senior netminder Kayden Chilcoat for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs, who dominated the shots on-goal 16-1, went up 2-0 at 33:53 of the opening half as junior Draek Littler – off a steal – dribbled within 10 yards of the goal and put the ball by Chilcoat to the right side for a 2-0 lead.
At 10:19 of the first half, the Bulldogs made it 3-0. Off a cross pass from the right side by sophomore Sam Purtee, Mahlmeister headed the pass in from 10 yards.
At 6:39 of the opening half, Elida made it a 4-goal lead. Littler had possession of the ball in front of the net but Chilcoat got it from him but was unable to control it; Mahlmeister got control and found a wide-open net to his liking.
Elida needed half of the second half to score again. At the 18:12 mark of the second half, the Bulldogs made it 5-0. This time, junior Tyler Christoff – off a ricochet – got the rebound and found home from 8 yards.
At 11:34 of the second half, Elida made it a 6-goal lead and a running clock. Again off a ricochet, senior Max Parker got the rebound and found the net from in close.
Elida tacked on the final tally at 8:24 when – again on a deflection – Parker found the net from 6 yards away.
Lima Senior fell to 1-9.