Boys soccer: Kalida beats LCC in thriller


Wildcats head to district finals

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Kalida’s Zach von der Embse (2) dribbles against Lima Central Catholic’s Colin Guagenti during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.

Kalida’s Zach von der Embse (2) dribbles against Lima Central Catholic’s Colin Guagenti during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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Lima Central Catholic’s Phil Venturella(5) dribbles against Kalida’s Colin Erhart during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.

Lima Central Catholic’s Phil Venturella(5) dribbles against Kalida’s Colin Erhart during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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Kalida’s Adam Fersch, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Michael Tafflinger during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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Lima Central Catholic’s Isaiah O’Connor, right, battles Kalida’s Adam Siefker during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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Kalida’s Colin Erhart, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Brayden Truex during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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Lima Central Catholic students hold signs while cheering on the Thunderbirds during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.


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KALIDA – Throughout the second half, Lima Central Catholic kept finding ways to stop Kalida from scoring.

Kalida controlled the ball for most of the second half.

Then, with 2:50 left to play in regulation and the score knotted at 1 apiece, Kalida’s Zach von der Embse had an opportunity to take a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.

The senior von der Embse split the wall of LCC defenders to score the go-ahead goal.

That free kick was all the Wildcats needed as Kalida slipped out with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against LCC in a Division III boys district semifinal soccer matchup Wednesday night.

With the victory, Kalida (13-4-1) will face Ottoville, which defeated Continental 2-1 in a match that went to penalty kicks, at 1 p.m. Saturday for a district title.

LCC ends the season 9-10.

“I guess turnaround is fair play,” longtime Kalida head coach Mark Czubik said. “They (LCC) scored on a free kick in the first half. Then, we got one on them in the second half.

“I told Zach (von der Embse), ‘Just relax, take a crack at it and let’s see what happens.’ And luckily for us, it went in. We move on and hopefully we’ll play a little better on Saturday.”

Kalida got on the scoreboard first.

Less than 10 minutes into the contest, Gabe Hovest received a nice feed from Logan Langhals and promptly headed the ball past LCC goalkeeper Jack Zerante (six saves) to give the Wildcats the early lead.

For the game, Hovest took four shots on goal.

LCC answered.

Less than five minutes later, LCC’s Josiah Simpson scored off a free kick, just outside the 18-box to knot the game at 1 apiece. The two teams went into the halftime break with the scored tied.

Kalida took four clean shots on goal in each half.

The Wildcats controlled the ball for most of the final 40 minutes of action.

However, every time Kalida got near their goal, LCC came up with a stop.

At the offensive end, the T-Birds managed just three shots on goal.

“We came out hard and took it to them,” LCC coach Tim McNamara said. “We told the kids that there was nothing to hang their heads about. We took it to them. It was unfortunate we gave up that free kick in the final few minutes of the game. But it was such a close game and we played our hearts out.”

Kalida’s goalkeeper Brayden Recker had two saves on the night.

Kalida took three corner kicks, while LCC took one.

“It’s tournament time,” Czubik said. “I’ve been there, done that both ways. You have to give LCC a lot of credit. Their kids played extremely hard. I think they kind of took us off our game a little bit. You have to tip your cap to them. They did what they had to do to keep the game close. I don’t think we played very well, but they (LCC) had a lot to do with that. I think (LCC head coach) Tim (McNamara) did a great job with his kids tonight, more than anything.”

Kalida’s Zach von der Embse (2) dribbles against Lima Central Catholic’s Colin Guagenti during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-002-1.jpgKalida’s Zach von der Embse (2) dribbles against Lima Central Catholic’s Colin Guagenti during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Phil Venturella(5) dribbles against Kalida’s Colin Erhart during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-001-1.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Phil Venturella(5) dribbles against Kalida’s Colin Erhart during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Adam Fersch, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Michael Tafflinger during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-005-1.jpgKalida’s Adam Fersch, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Michael Tafflinger during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Isaiah O’Connor, right, battles Kalida’s Adam Siefker during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-004-1.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Isaiah O’Connor, right, battles Kalida’s Adam Siefker during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Colin Erhart, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Brayden Truex during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-006-1.jpgKalida’s Colin Erhart, left, makes a pass against Lima Central Catholic’s Brayden Truex during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic students hold signs while cheering on the Thunderbirds during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LCC-vs-Kalida-RP-003-1.jpgLima Central Catholic students hold signs while cheering on the Thunderbirds during a Wednesday Division III district semifinal at Kalida High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Wildcats head to district finals

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