September 22, 2014

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Boys soccer: Columbia uses a little offense and a lot of defense to get past Midview

Midview's Steven Grabo, right, tries to keep the ball from Columbia'sJohn Cordell. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

Midview’s Steven Grabo, right, tries to keep the ball from Columbia’sJohn Cordell. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Nate Hite and Wolfgang Loos found the back of the net and Columbia played strong defense on Midview striker Silvester Messiah as the Raiders picked up a 2-1 win Monday at Adelsberg Stadium.

Hite scored from 30 yards out with 16:08 left in the first half, gathering a pass from fellow sophomore David Wos and beating Midview freshman goalie Kellen McGuire with a high, hard shot that found the top-right corner of the net.

Loos then gave the Raiders (5-3) a 2-0 lead with 7:18 remaining in the opening half with a low left-footed shot to the near post from 12 yards out.

Midview (0-6-1) got one of those goals back early in the second half when junior Jason Grau gathered a pass from Messiah and chipped it past Raiders goalie Trevor Fess at the 37:50 mark of the second half, but Fess stopped the Middies’ final five shots to preserve the win.

“It was a good game and the guys controlled it,” Columbia coach Hank Proctor said. “The goal we let in was a deflection. We had our goal to have our second shutout of the year, but it didn’t happen. It was a close game and we played well.”

Midview came out with a chip on its shoulder, having lost its previous two games to Bay (6-1 Wednesday) and Brunswick (10-1 Saturday). The Middies got off the first four shots of the game before Columbia took control.

The Raiders ended up outshooting Midview 10-5 in the first half.

“It’s always a good, intense match that makes us have to keep our passing game sharp,” Wos said. “I felt like we should have finished a lot more than we did. “We knew they were going to play physical, and the only way to stop them would be to be quick.”

In the second half, the Middies’ game plan was to send the ball deep and let Messiah beat the slower Raiders defenders down the field. Messiah got a pair of good shots off in the second half, but they both sailed just over the crossbar.

“We saw that Silvester was so much faster than any of their guys so we pushed the ball and tried to hit him on some long balls,” Midview coach John Fitzgerald said. “Hats off to them, their defenders did a good job of intercepting those through balls. If one of those gets through it’s a tie game.”

Proctor said his team was ready for a steady dose of Messiah.

“Nate Hite and Andy Schneider did a great job of stepping and taking those passes away,” he said of the through balls. “We were able to keep the pressure on them, and that worked out well.”

Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.

Columbia 2, Midview 1

GOALS: (C) Cody Reichard, Wolfgang Los; (M) Jason Grau
ASSISTS: (C) David Wos; (M) Silvester Messiah
SHOTS ON GOAL: Columbia 17, Midview 8
FOULS: Columbia 7, Midview 8
SAVES: (C) Trevor Fess 6; (M) Kellen McGuire 15