EATON TWP. — Oberlin just may have set the tone for the season Wednesday, downing Midview 3-0 for its third win in five days.
The Phoenix has its entire team back from last year and it flexed its muscles in dominating the Middies in non-conference action, holding them to just one shot on goal for the first 69 minutes of the game and five for the night.
“I was confident with our style of play,” Phoenix coach Michael Schmid said. “We want to hold the ball, keep it in our half and keep the pressure on the other team. Compared to last year, we are way more mature. It’s a much different atmosphere and it’s been a team effort in all three games that we’ve played so far this year.”
Oberlin (3-0) started its offensive pressure early, getting scoring chances from Aiden DeBouter and Sam Levine that were turned away by Midview goaltender Nicholas Chambers (six saves).
Henry Gardner gave the Phoenix the lead, scoring off a corner kick with 26:09 on the first half clock.
Thomas Protzman played the short corner kick into Gardner, who was able to get his foot on the ball just enough to bounce it three times between the near post and Chambers.
“It was a good corner — maybe a little bit short — but I was able to get enough of my foot on the ball to get it moving toward the goal,” Gardner said. “It pin-balled a little bit and went to the near post. I’m happy.”
The Phoenix defense dominated the Middies, holding them without a shot-on-goal until the 40-minute mark when Nikolas Kucera found Steven Grabo in the box, but his shot was turned away by freshman keeper Ethan Carmichael, who stopped five shots.
Oberlin added a pair of goals in the second half to provide the final margin of victory for its third straight win on the road to start the year.
Tam Cadenhead took a pass on the left side of the box from Levine and scored in the 49th minute and Jack McMillan had a nice run down the right side, taking a pass from Protzman to score with 4:22 left in the game.
“We have a lot of scorers and can come at teams from a lot of different directions,” Schmid said. “We had very good ball movement in the second half and everyone was helping out in the win.”
The Middies (1-2) finally mounted an attack late in the game when Kucera had a chip shot stopped by Carmichael in the 68th minute. He was stymied again in the 77th minute on a shot at the top of the box.
“We had no heart and no confidence and we can’t play a game that way,” said Midview coach Matt Fox, who coached the Phoenix last season. “I’m not sure what’s going on. Some of these guys even voiced not being confident before the game. If that’s going on, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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Oberlin 3, Midview 0
Oberlin 1 2 — 3
Midview 0 0 — 0
GOALS: (O) Henry Gardner, Tam Cadenhead, Jack McMillan.
ASSISTS: (O) Thomas Protzman 2, Sam Levine.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Oberlin 9, Midview 5
SAVES: (O) Ethan Carmichael 5; (M) Nicholas Chambers, 6.
CORNER KICKS: Oberlin 7, Midview 2
FOULS: Oberlin 3, Midview 3
HALF: Oberlin, 1-0