KALIDA – Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf both had several offensive surges.
But the one time Ottawa-Glandorf’s Derek Crumrine got loose, he didn’t miss his opportunity.
Crumrine drilled his breakaway goal in the first half to lift O-G to a 1-0 victory over Kalida in a boys soccer match Friday at Kalida.
It was the opening night for soccer around Ohio.
Crumrine took a pass 40-yards away from the net and dribbled his way into the left side of the 18-yard box.
At 16 yards, Crumrine ripped a laser into the upper-right corner of the net for the match’s only goal with 14:48 left in the first half.
“Carson Fuka gave me a give and go and from there I felt it,” Crumrine said. “I got past two (defenders). When I got to the box, to be honest, I was looking to shoot it. I had to get to the opposite side the keeper was on so I went top right.’’
Kalida certainly had its offensive moments and also a couple of quality shots, but couldn’t get anything to find the back of the net.
Kalida outshot O-G 10-6.
“We had plenty of opportunities, not in regard to shots, but with the flow of the game, the opportunities we created,” Kalida coach Mark Czubik said.
Czubik, in his 31st year as Kalida’s only boys soccer coach, has seen plenty of games like this.
“We just couldn’t finish it off in the final third,” Czubik said. “That’s been a bugaboo for us for a long time. … I’m disappointed in the outcome of the game, but I’m not disappointed in how we played. You have to give a lot of credit to the opponent tonight. They hung tough and played together.’’
Both teams had five corner kicks.
Kalida goalkeeper Brayden Recker had three saves. O-G goalkeeper Ethan Alt came up with six saves.
Alt’s top save came with five seconds left in the first half.
Kalida was circling in front of Alt and a loose ball rolled through the goal box and a Kalida player put a quick flick on the ball.
Alt came up with a huge one-handed save at the left post just before the first half horn sounded.
Kalida’s Ryan Stechschulte had a bicycle kick shot from inside the box with eight minutes to play.
But again, there was Alt to gobble up the save.
“Being the big man he is back there, he (Alt) covered half the goal,” O-G coach Kyle Metzger said. “He amazes me sometimes.’’
The two teams tied the last two years, including a 2-2 match last year in a driving monsoon at Ottawa-Glandorf.
“The field got destroyed (last year) and we came here with a little chip on our shoulder,” Crumrine said. “We wanted to win.’’
Metzger said one difference this year was his defense, as the Titans used a flat-back four instead of the sweeper, stopper defense.
“We changed our defensive lineup,” Metzger said. “I think that was keeping them at bay and forcing them to go out wide. … They had some quality shots, but they were more from outside the 18.’’
He said his back line also kept a keen eye on Kalida forward Gabe Hovest, an offensive force who helped Kalida to the regional semifinals last year.
“We had to communicate where he was on the field at all times,” Metzger said. “Wherever he was, we wanted someone on him.’’