BATH TOWNSHIP — Continental could have chosen any player to take the penalty kick.
And it selected freshman Rhenn Armey.
Armey pounded the penalty kick into the corner of the net to give Continental a 1-0 victory over Lima Central Catholic and the boys soccer championship of the Bath Kickoff Classic.
The penalty kick was set up when LCC was called for a hand ball in the 18-yard box.
That gave the Pirates a chance at a penalty kick.
“I didn’t make that call. That was the team, they all pointed to him (Armey) to take it,” Continental coach Brian Stegbauer said. “They know. That kid’s a special player. He does a really good job of controlling the field and he runs these guys. He knows what to do.’’
Armey hit the upper-left corner of the net with the kick to make it 1-0 with 8:13 left in the first half.
“I’ve been practicing for that all summer,” Armey said. “I was kind of confident and I’m glad they picked me for that. … I was thinking of being confident and doing what I normally do, put it in the back of the net.’’
Continental is 2-0, while LCC 1-2.
“We started a different formation (only three defenders and an extra midfielder),” LCC coach Tim McNamara said. “We had an injury (to midfielder Trevor Longmeier) so we had to move people around.
“The first half went well, but we gave up a PK (penalty kick), which was the difference in the game tonight. … They kind of packed it in, defensively, and controlled the ball (in the second half).’’
Bath won the tourney last year, while Continental won the tournament two years ago.
In the consolation game, Bath rolled past Paulding 10-0. Bath led 5-0 at the half and had little trouble pounding the net on the Panthers.
Bath outshot Paulding 36-2.
Austin Miller had two goals for Bath.
After a fairly even first half, the Pirates dominated the second half.
Continental outshot LCC for the match 13-1.
“I thought the offense was pretty good,” Armey said. “We kept the ball. We just needed to take more chances.’’
Keeping the T-Birds in the game was their senior goalkeeper Jack Zerante, who came up with 10 saves.
“He’s definitely one of the best goalies in the area,” McNamara said. “He kept us in it tonight. It was a great performance.’’
Cody Auch had one save for the Pirates.
The Pirates had nine corner kicks, while LCC had two.
Stegbauer thought his defense was a big key in the back, led by Andrew Hoeffel.
“I was proud of Hoeffel in the back, who is a defensive midfielder,” Stegbauer said. “He runs the show back there. And we had Trevor Brecht up front and Wyatt Davis, who has a motor that doesn’t quit.’’
LCC midfielder Josiah Simpson suffered a knee injury with 13 minutes to go. The exact injury was unknown.