Boys soccer: Bluffton blanks Ottoville


Spallinger has three goals

By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum attempts to score a goal against Bluffton’s Kyle Basil during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.

Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum attempts to score a goal against Bluffton’s Kyle Basil during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.


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Bluffton’s Justin Good, left, competes with Ottoville’s Will Miller for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.

Bluffton’s Justin Good, left, competes with Ottoville’s Will Miller for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.


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Ottoville’s Garrett Trentman controls the ball against Bluffton’s Jude Spallinger during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.


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Ottoville’s Quinton Schnipke (8) competes with Bluffton’s Luke Shepherd for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.


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Ottoville’s Will Horstman gets away a kick during Tuesday night’s home match against Bluffton.


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OTTOVILLE – Bluffton’s Jude Spallinger added a lot to his highlight reel in the Pirates’ 4-0 win over Ottoville in a non league affair featuring two of the top teams in the area Tuesday night.

The Pirate senior striker recorded a hat trick and an assist to be part of all Bluffton’s scoring.

Bluffton improved to 4-1 on the season and Ottoville suffered its first defeat of the season and drops to 4-1-1.

“He (Spallinger) is a very talented player, but he is also a team player,” Bluffton head coach Steve Smucker said. “He is one of our captains. We try and have a cohesive philosophy of playing together and attacking together in small numbers but when you have an exclamation point of player like him it helps.”

Spallinger’s first two scores came within two minutes of each other around midway through the first half. The Pirate stuck the first one in at 32:45 second mark and then came back with his second at the 33:19 mark.

Spallinger then showed he can share in the second half when he found teammate Nolan Hoffman in the front of the net with a little more than 20 minutes left in the game to add some insurance.

But Spallinger’s night was not over as he tacked on his third goal of the game four minutes later to pretty much put the game away.

This marks the third game of the season the Pirates have scored four or more goals.

Coming into the game, Ottoville had allowed one goal this season in its first five games.

This marks the second straight game Ottoville has gone scoreless, coming off a 0-0 loss to Liberty-Benton Saturday. Prior to that, the Big Green had recorded 25 goals in its first five contest.

Ottoville head coach Dustin Markward said it was another case of missed opportunities.

“Last game we had three shots that hit the post and missed a pk and things that have not gone our way,” Markward said. “Today, obviously they are a really good team. We had some opportunities again and they just didn’t go our way.

“Defensively we were out of position. Today we just weren’t clicking. I felt that they ran to the ball harder and were on us and it made it difficult We had some opportunities there was no doubt about it and we could have made it more interesting.”

Markward added those two goals in the first half were big.

“It was a little bit of confusion on our part and it derailed us a little bit for a shot span” Markward said. “We got it together a little bit towards the end of the first half and some spurts in the second half but we got derailed. A lot of confusion going on. It is not something we can’t improve on and we have to get better as a team and have an understanding of where we are at. We need to come out with a little more energy. I felt like we didn’t come out with the energy for 80 minutes.”

Bluffton, who had given up 10 goals this year, including four in its last game against Perrysburg, came up with its second shutout of the season. Pirate keeper Kyle Basil made a number of key saves especially at the end of the first half.

“I don’t care so much about losing then about getting better” Smucker said. “Tonight it was a tight match and they are a solid team. I was just glad to get out of here with no injuries and the result. Ottoville is a serious competitor.”

Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum attempts to score a goal against Bluffton’s Kyle Basil during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bluffton-RP-01-1.jpgOttoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum attempts to score a goal against Bluffton’s Kyle Basil during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bluffton’s Justin Good, left, competes with Ottoville’s Will Miller for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bluffton-RP-04-1.jpgBluffton’s Justin Good, left, competes with Ottoville’s Will Miller for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Garrett Trentman controls the ball against Bluffton’s Jude Spallinger during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bluffton-RP-02-1.jpgOttoville’s Garrett Trentman controls the ball against Bluffton’s Jude Spallinger during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Quinton Schnipke (8) competes with Bluffton’s Luke Shepherd for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bluffton-RP-03-1.jpgOttoville’s Quinton Schnipke (8) competes with Bluffton’s Luke Shepherd for the ball during Tuesday night’s match at Ottoville. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Will Horstman gets away a kick during Tuesday night’s home match against Bluffton.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bluffton-RP-05-1.jpgOttoville’s Will Horstman gets away a kick during Tuesday night’s home match against Bluffton. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Spallinger has three goals

By Jose Nogueras

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