OTTOVILLE — Not even the sweltering heat could slow down Ottoville’s offense in the Big Green’s 13-0 win Tuesday against Van Wert.
With the win Ottoville improves to 2-0 on the season and Van Wert falls to 0-2.
As the score indicates the Big Green were in total control of the game on both ends of the pitch.
“It was kind of a slow start for us at the beginning,” Ottoville head coach Dustin Markward said. “I think a lot of it was the first day of school and it was hot so it took the guys some time to get the ball rolling and they were pressuring the middle of the field a lot so we had to adjust to move the ball to the outside.
“It is kind of one of those things when you score that first goal, especially when you put one in the back of the net, it gets things going and we started connecting on them. “Really what got our guys going was that they were moving off the ball and possessing the ball really well and guys were in position where they need to be to receive the ball and create and they were able to do that today and for us to get these opportunities.”
Offensively, once the Big Green broke through on their first goal when Will Miller punched it in 13 minutes into the game, it was a scoring fest for Ottoville. This was just the beginning for Miller and Co.
The Big Green scored nine first half goals.
Miller recorded the first half hat trick with two more scores. Miller added two more goals in the second half to finish with five for the game.
Will Hoerstman had two goals in the first half 30 seconds apart and Andy Moorman finished the night with one goal in the first half and a another in the second. Jayden Saxton, Alex Leis and Trey Landwehr also punched in scores in the first 40 minutes.
Ottoville’s Preston Mansfield scored in the second half.
The Cougars did not have a shot on goal for the game and Ottoville keeper Alex Suever can add another shutout to his resume. The Big Green outshot Van Wert 25-0.
Even when Van Wert entered Ottoville’s side of the field, the Big Green defense were there to thwart any legitimate scoring opportunity.
In its first two games Ottoville has outscored its opponents 19-0.
Markward said that it is good to get off to a good start and they are still not completely healthy.
“Where we are today especially without him (one of the team’s starters), is pretty good.” Markward added. “It is pretty promising for what we have to come yet when we get healthy and get these guys going. Good back-to-back wins is a big confidence booster.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.