KALIDA – Evan Roebke patrolled the back line for Kalida last season.
Now the senior is up on the front scoring line.
The move paid off for Kalida on Friday, as Roebke had two goals and two assists in Kalida’s 10-0 romp over Defiance at Kalida.
Kalida led 5-0 at the half and had little trouble sending crosses to the box and then finishing them off at the net.
“We got some offense tonight, obviously, and we got a number of kids involved up top,” Kalida coach Mark Czubik said. “More than anything, it was getting shots on goal and getting some crosses.
“And when you score goals, it helps confidence-wise for some of the kids. And I think going into the game some of our kids were lacking a little bit of confidence. This obviously helps us a little bit.’’
Kalida is 2-1, with all three games against Western Buckeye League opponents.
Defiance, which started five freshmen including its goalkeeper, is 0-2.
“We’ll definitely have more confidence,” Roebke said. “The team just jelled tonight. It was the first time we came together as a unit and performed out on the field the way we know we’re capable of.’’
With graduation taking away some offense from Kalida, the move was made to switch Roebke from sweeper to midfield/forward.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity for me,” Roebke said. “I like it.’’
Kalida freshman Drew Fersch added two goals for Kalida.
Kalida dominated the midfield the entire match, as it continually rolled through the midfield, played the ball to the corners and sent cross after cross into the box.
Kalida outshot Defiance 19-3.
Kalida goalkeepers Brayden Recker and E.J. Miller both had one save.
Defiance goalkeeper Carter Campbell made eight saves.
Kalida entered the night with one goal in its first two matches, a 1-0 victory against Wapakoneta.
On Friday, the Wildcats started fast and controlled play in the first few minutes.
Brandon Miller pounded a shot from 12-yards out and it found the back of the net to make it 1-0 with 37:07 left in the first half.
Kalida’s second goal was an own goal.
Kalida’s Zach vonder Embse made a nice cross to the heart of the box. But a Defiance player accidently kicked it into the net and it was 2-0 with 29:20 left in the first half.
The Wildcats made it 3-0 on a perfect chip pass from Roebke to freshman Drew Fersch, who headed it in from 10-yards out.
“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Czubik said. “You can’t play slow in front of the goal. Everything has to be done pretty quickly. You get the ball wide, knock it in the box and hopefully good things will happen and tonight they did for us.’’
That gave Kaida a 3-0 lead with 17:32 left in the first half.
Next time it was Colin Erhart with a slip pass into the box and Roebke pounded it home to make it 4-0 at the 5:22 mark of the half.
With 1:11 left in the first half, vonder Embse’s shot was saved, but not controlled by Defiance’s Campbell.
The ball rolled onto the foot of Clay Bellman, who knocked in the rebound shot.
That gave Kalida a 5-0 lead at the half.
“There are a lot of positives we can come away with,” Roebke said. “There were so many things we did right, and it was because of people moving off the ball and a team effort.’’
Senior Aden Fersch had two assists on the night.
Scoring in the second half for Kalida were Drew Fersch, his second of the match; vonder Embse; Erhart; Roebke, his second; and Gabe Roof.
Kalida played without starters Gabe Hovest (broken toe) and Matt Kehres (bruised knee).
“Now if we can get guys healthy,” Czubik said. “We’re really dealing with injuries right now. But tonight was a good win, probably more psychologically than anything.’’