By Jim Metcalfe
OTTOVILLE - Ottoville's girls soccer team had to play perhaps a perfect match to beat the Ottawa-Glandorf Lady Titans in the second match at Tuesday's Division III Ottoville sectional.
The Titans didn't let them.
They dominated the proceedings and scored eight times in the first half as they eliminated the Lady Big Green 9-0 in the Division III sectional semi-finals at Ottoville.
"That is a good team that has everything. If we could have kept them down the first 15 minutes or so, things could have been much better for us, but they hit us fast, quick and hard," Ottoville coach Tim Kimmet said. "They are a team that felt slighted by not being a seed here and they have something to prove. I think they are going to make some noise from here on in."
O-G coach Allison Schroeder hopes to use all those assets as the team moves on.
"We have a lot of depth and I am not afraid to use any of the girls at any time. We don't lose a lot, if anything, with our bench," she assessed. "We had nine goals and eight different scorers, which is good news for us because you can't just focus on stopping one or two girls; we have a lot of capable girls that can score."
O-G (9-3-5) advances to take on second-seeded Continental at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Titans did not even give up a shot on-goal as senior netminder Megan Hoehn only once had to venture out of the goal mouth to come up with a long ball by Ottoville (5-11-1) at 13:40 of the second half.
Meantime, O-G hammered 21 shots on-goal at senior keeper Danielle Trenkamp (11 saves) and several others that were close but missed the target.
They scored at 34:53 off a corner kick from the right side, Megan Siefker found Michelle Maag for an eight yard header inside the near post.
At 33:25, Siefker got control of the ball at the top of the box on the right post and fired inside that post for a 2-0 edge.
Just 1:01 later, it was 3-0. Courtney Maag got possession of the ball on the left wing and went inside the left post from 16 yards.
It became 4-0 at 26:59 when Danielle Schroeder's 20-yarder was deflected by Trenkamp but right to Alex Verhoff for a point-blank putback inside the left post.
With 19:40 left in the opening half, the Titans got a bit of luck to go up five goals. Lindsey Prichard's original effort from the left side bounced off a defender and came right to Marna Hempfling on the same side; she put in a 16-yarder from the wing.
The onslaught continued.
At 15:42, Michelle Maag set this one up with a pass out of the middle to the left side, when Elissa Ellerbrock chipped a 10-yarder over the top for a 6-0 edge.
At the 14 minute mark, the Titans used a quick sequence in front of the net to go up by seven goals. Michelle Maag delivered a free kick from 25-yards out on the right side to the left wing, where Katelyn Kaufman made a quick pass inside to Ashley Siefker for an on-the-mark 10-yarder.
With just 58 ticks remaining in the half, Prichard launched a corner kick from the right side that curled just inside the near post.
"We started with 16 girls this year and battled injuries all year; we were basically playing with 13 most of the year. We played hard all year and tonight, even as we fell farther behind," Kimmet added. "We lose seven seniors and that's always difficult. We had no freshmen this year but we will have up to nine freshmen next year and they have all played soccer before. This year, we had three or four that never played before, so that was tough. We overcame a lot."
The Titans used their ball-possession game to control the ball in the second half and keep it mainly in their offensive end. They still had their shots but perhaps not the same as in the first as Trenkamp made seven saves.
"That's exactly what we wanted to do," Coach Schroeder added. "When you have such a big lead, it's easy for your players to lose focus in the match. We didn't tonight in the second half; we used both sides of the pitch all night long and especially the second half,"
The Titans just missed at 37:13 when a 25-yard pooch by Danielle Schroeder just hit off the cross bar and out of bounds.
The only score came at 31:22. Off a throw-in from the right side, Schroeder delivered a feed to Ellerbrock, whose 6-yard header found its mark.