ELIDA – Shawnee came out and peppered the Ottawa-Glandorf goal with shots.
And O-G goalkeeper Ethan Alt kept diving and turning them away.
Then, with 40 seconds left in the half, Shawnee’s Jacob Miller found the upper-right corner of the net.
That jump started Shawnee to a 7-0 victory over O-G in the Division II boys soccer district semifinals Monday at Elida.
Miller finished the night with four goals. Carter Schaaf had two goals for the Indians.
Miller’s cousin, freshman Austin Miller, had three assists.
Shawnee (17-1) advances to the district finals against the Celina/Kenton winner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Elida.
The Titans end their year 7-8-2.
Shawnee posted a 1-0 victory over O-G during the regular season.
And for the first half, it looked like it would be the same type of match.
But Shawnee had 10 first-half shots, of which four Alt made diving saves at the post.
One was a flick shot off Austin Miller’s heel, which Alt made a diving stop of at the right post.
Then, with 40 seconds left in the first half, Carter Jensen played a perfect pass to Jacob Miller, who dribbled into the box.
Miller got to 14-yards out then drilled the shot over Alt’s left shoulder and into the upper-right corner of the net.
“Carter gave me a nice ball, it went right through two players and split them,” Jacob Miller said.
That gave Shawnee the lead to stay 1-0.
“We were trying to find one goal that would start a barrage,” Jacob Miller said. “And I think that first goal meant a lot to us. Once we got that first goal we started to believe even more that we could score and that everyone started thinking that they could get one.’’
It also started the Shawnee offensive barrage.
“That goal was really important for us to really come out of the first half with something,” Quatman said.
Shawnee came out in the second half firing away and dominated the midfield with its 3-5-2 formation.
“We got our heads down after that (first goal),” O-G coach Kyle Metzger said. “We kind of imploded a little bit. We made one mental mistake (on the goal) and we kind of fell apart from there.’’
Shawnee outshot O-G 25-4.
The O-G goalkeepers had 16 saves, with Alt getting 14.
“Alt’s a great goalkeeper,” Shawnee coach Ryan Quatman said. “He kept them in the game longer than most goalkeepers would have.’’
Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn made four saves for the shutout.
Shawnee had the corner-kick edge 7-2.
With 32:28 left in the match, Shawnee had the key second goal.
Austin Miller had the first shot from the right of the box. Alt made the save, but left the rebound on the left doorstep.
Jacob Miller followed it up with a liner into the net to make it 2-0.
“They smelled blood in the water and they came out and put a couple more in and we were on our heels after that,” Metzger said. “That (the second goal) was like a gut punch and we couldn’t regain air and we fell apart.’’
Next, Austin Miller fed Jacob Miller just inside the top of the box.
Austin Miller put a fake on the O-G goalkeeper to expose an open net. He then pumped it into the back of the net.
“The whole night there had plenty of rebounds and we hadn’t been able to connect on them,” Jacob Miller said. “So I was really trying to find one.’’
That gave Miller a hat trick and made it 3-0 with 28:47 to go.
“I think the second and third goals were really big for the momentum of the game,” Jacob Miller said.
Schaaf’s shot from inside the goal box went just under the crossbar to make it 4-0 with 20:04 to go.
Jacob Miller notched his fourth goal on an unassisted goal with 18:52 to go and it was 5-0 Indians.
Schaaf’s second goal made it 6-0 with 16:50 to go.
The Indians finished the scoring off with an own goal, when Jensen’s shot ricocheted off an O-G defender and into the net.
Once again, the Shawnee midfield of Jensen, the Western Buckeye League player of the year, Zach Chambers, Damien Zeigler, Brayden Ward and Schaaf gobbled up O-G outlet passes and switched the mode from defense to the attack.
“I think it’s the persistence of our style,” Quatman said. “It’s not forgiving. … I think if we knock on the door so many times, then I think it gets frustrating for a team.’’
Records: Shawnee 17-1; O-G 7-8-2.