SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee kept peppering the Elida goal with shots.
But the Indians had nothing to show for their early efforts.
Then, on Shawnee’s 10th corner kick of the game, the Indians scored.
That gave Shawnee the momentum it needed and the Indians cruised home with an 8-0 victory over Elida Thursday at Shawnee.
With the win, Shawnee won the outright Western Buckeye League boys soccer championship, its first in boys soccer since 2012.
“This is awesome,” Shawnee midfielder Carter Jensen said.
Shawnee is 13-1, 8-0 in the WBL with one WBL match left. Celina stands in second place in the WBL with two losses.
“It’s finally the time when all the hard work has come together,” Shawnee coach Ryan Quatman said. “It shows the work effort and the ability that the boys have. They can do it and they’ve done it. It really hasn’t sunk it yet.’’
Elida is 7-4-2, 4-3-1 in the WBL.
For Shawnee, Carter Schaaf, freshman Austin Miller and Jacob Miller all had two goals.
Anthony Best and Brayden Ward scored one for the Indians.
Midfielder Jensen had four assists.
“Carter Jensen is the wizard behind the curtain,” Quatman said. “He does a lot of the distribution and is the captain in the midfield. He’ll put it on a dime for you.’’
Just how dominate was Shawnee?
Consider Shawnee outshot Elida 27-2.
Consider Shawnee had 17 corner kicks, while Elida didn’t have any.
“They have a bunch of really good soccer players,” Elida coach Tom Thomas said. “From top to bottom, they are a good team. We’re going through our growing pains and we have to learn from this match.’’
Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn made one save for the shutout.
Elida goalkeeper Scott Holmgren made 14 saves.
Shawnee, which is playing a 3-5-2 formation this season, used its five midfielders to control the action in the center of the field, which kick started the offense.
“The best thing we can do for this team is run the 3-5-2,” Quatman said. “We’re a midfield-heavy team. We have a lot of ball-skilled players and that’s our midfield.
“We deny the ball out from their back line. The ball comes out and one of our midfielders is there to scoop it up and put it right back in the corner. It’s like a wash cycle.’’
For the first 35 minutes, Elida’s defense was up the task, clogging up the box and rejecting shots.
Shawnee would have shots, Elida would make saves and there would be a corner kick.
Then, on Shawnee’s 10th corner of the game late in the first half, Shawnee found the back of the net.
The corner kick caused a loose ball in the box.
Schaaf took a pass from Jensen and sent a laser shot to the back of the net.
That gave Shawnee a 1-0 lead with 5:32 left in the first half.
“We have incredible talent and we just know where each other is going to be,” Jensen said.
From there, Shawnee went to a higher level.
“That raised our energy one thousand times,” Jensen said of his team’s first goal. “And we just kept going, and going and going. This team doesn’t stop.’’
Added Schaaf, “I think that first goal opened the flood gates. It also got our energy up.’’
Schaaf fed Jacob Miller for a goal to make it 2-0 with 4:03 in the first half.
It was 2-0 Shawnee at the half.
Shawnee scored another goal off the corner kick with 34:30 left in the match.
The ball once again rattled around in the box after the corner and Austin Miller used his 6-foot-3 size to go up and head it home.
That gave Shawnee at 3-0 lead.
Best, who just entered the game, took a pass from Jensen and scored from 12-yards out and it was 4-0 with 27:09 left.
Shawnee’s fifth goal again came off a corner.
Jensen hit the corner kick and Schaaf was there to head it into the net.
That gave the Indians a 5-0 lead with 10:10 to go.
Ward scored off a penalty kick to give Shawnee a 6-0 lead with 9:11 to go.
“This team is close together and I think that really helps on the field,” Schaaf said.
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