ELIDA – Shawnee had to find a way to neutralize Elida’s firepower.
Enter Shawnee center defender Jack Fraser.
Fraser kept the Elida scorers in check in Shawnee’s 2-0 boys soccer victory over Elida Monday at Elida.
Fraser especially watched his former Ohio Extreme club teammate Seth Mahlmeister and made sure he didn’t get any open shots the goal.
“We played together when we were younger, like U-10 and U-11,” Fraser said of Elida’s Mahlmeister. “I didn’t want to let him turn and didn’t want him to get any free shots.’’
As for the offense, Shawnee freshman Jacob Miller led the way with a goal and an assist.
Damien Zeigler had the other goal for Shawnee.
Shawnee is 10-2-1 (6-1 Western Buckeye League, 18 points).
Elida is 7-4-1 (4-3 WBL, 12 points).
“These guys all know each other and that’s always fun to go against guys you know and get the better of them,” Shawnee coach Ryan Quatman said. “Jack Fraser’s best game was tonight. He played a great game and he was up for the challenge and it was a great challenge. And our back line was up to the challenge.’’
Shawnee went back to its four-defender, 4-3-3 look after playing with three defenders and five midfielders most of this season.
“It matched up well,” Quatman said.
Both teams had plenty of offensive surges and shot chances.
Shawnee had 12 shots, while Elida had 11.
After Elida was turned away on several occasions in the final 10 minutes of the first half, Shawnee made a run in the final seconds.
Shawnee’s Carter Jensen got loose on a breakaway and slid a pass into the box to Miller.
Miller fired into the lower-right corner of the net from 12-yards out.
“Jensen’s our set-up man and he’s great at getting the ball where it needs to go,” Quatman said. “And Miller sends it home.’’
That gave Shawnee the lead to stay 1-0 with 10 seconds left before halftime.
Shawnee made it 2-0 off a corner kick early in the second half.
Jensen got the touch off the corner and sent the ball to the top of the box.
Miller settled it and passed it over to Zeigler, who drilled it home from 12-yards out.
That gave the Indians a 2-0 lead with 31:29 to go.
The entire Shawnee defense and midfield made sure Elida’s Draek Littler and Mahlmeister didn’t get any breakaway shots in the second half.
Shawnee’s Cameron Tenwalde did a good job running the midfield and providing the Indians with offensive surges.
Elida’s Corbin Fingerle returned from an injury and also played well in the midfield, with plenty of set-up passes to Mahlmeister down the stretch.
“We were dangerous at times, just like they were,” Elida coach Tom Thomas said. “And they found the net and we didn’t. It was pretty even all 80 minutes. Each team has possession and their share of it.
“The boys were a little frustrated that they couldn’t find the net, but we’ll keep working at it.’’
Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn made seven saves for the shutout.
Elida goalkeeper Caleb Jones made seven saves.
Elida had four corner kicks, while Shawnee had three.
“It’s a very big win,” Fraser said. “We’re crosstown rivals so it’s nice to win and it’s even better to win here (at Elida).’