OTTOVILLE —Ottoville soccer coach Eric Gerker was concerned with his
team might come out Tuesday evening for their match with non-league
On Saturday, the Big Green were involved in a
marathon contest against Elida in the finals of their soccer classic
that went through two overtimes and a shootout. He didn't have to wory
long as Ottoville took control of their match with the Lancers right
Scoring a goal in the first 29 seconds, the Big Green built
an early lead and cruised home with a 6-0 win on an overcast, warm night
The win moved the Big Green to 3-0-2 on the season, while the Lancers dropped to 0-3-0.
Ottoville applied pressure on the Lancer goal from the opening kick as
the Big Green scored just 29 seconds into the match.
Fanning opened the scoring when he picked up a ball on the right side of
the field, dribbled in on the Lincolnview net and fired a shot at the
far corner to beat a diving Lancer keeper for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes
later, Fanning made it 2-0 when he settled a ball in the box, split a
pair of Lancer defenders and fired a shot past the keeper at the 35:34
mark of the contest.
“We really wanted to come out and really
establish ourselves right away,” Ottoville coach Eric Gerker said. “Our
passing game, our possession game. We were able to exploit some of the
things they were doing on defense with some of our passing and cuts off
the ball. We got a lot of good looks early and we were able to finish
six of them.
“I was a little concerned with how we would come out
after a marathon game with Elida Saturday night and a rough one with
Bluffton last Thursday as well. I was concerned because I didn't want a
let down, but the bouys came out and played really aggressive starting
out. That's what we wanted, a good aggressive start,” Gerker added.
got their first shot on goal a minute later when senior forward Jacob
Pollock beat the defeanse and dribbled into the box where he fired a
shot that Big Green keeper Colin Bendele hauled in.
senior midfielder Joel Beining made it 3-0 with 30:35 left in the
opening half as Fanning hit him with a pass on the left side of the box,
that he was able to settle and fire into the goal. Forty-five seconds
later Beining made it 4-0 when he converted another shot on goal.
junior Austin Leeth had two prime opportunities to cut into the Big
Green lead with two quality shots in a four minute span. On his first
attempt, Leeth had a point blank opportunity on goal that Bendele
knocked down and his defensive mates cleared. His second attempt, from
15 yards out, just sailed over the cross bar.
Ottoville went up
5-0 with 20:13 left in the opening half as freshman Logan Kemper netted a
goal after getting a pass from Fanning. Freshman Zane Martin made it
6-0 with 12:43 left in the half when he knocked home a shot.
was a little difficult starting out, but we were trying a different
defense, something they weren’t used to playing yet,” Lancer coach Britt
Munson said. “We just took our lumps the first half, but I’m proud of
the guys. They kept their heads up. We didn’t leave in any goals in the
second half as our defense played better. We were a little more
organized and that’s really all you can do is be proud of them for
hanging in there and taking pride in what they were doing and not giving
An outside factor that helped the Lancers adjust
their defense was a 30 minute lightning delay that happened near the end
of the 10 minute halftime break.
While the Big Green were able to
get runs on the Lancer goal, they didn’t have the quality looks they
were getting the first half.
“We had that weather delay and it
gave me a little more time to talk to them and get them to learn,”
Munson added. “You have to learn. Just because you are beat down now,
you have to keep your head up, take pride in what we are playing for and
have fun. That was the main thing. They weren’t arguing with each other
the second half, they were having some fun.”
“We didn’t play real
well after the weather delay,” Gerker said. “We passed the ball, but
not as efficient as I would have liked. They were able to get some shots
on us early in the game with that 3-4 set they were running, but we
were able to make some adjustments and we locked them down pretty good
after those couple of early chances.”
Ottoville finished with a 16-4 edge in shots on goal for the match.