EATON TWP. — Midview could not have scripted a better start to the 2013 girls soccer season.
Midfielder Torie Benton and freshman forward Sidney Riemer each scored a pair of goals and goalkeeper Taylor Ceh turned back six Elyria shots as the Middies defeated the Pioneers 8-0 in a non-conference match at Ross Field at Adelsberg Stadium.
Midview dominated the midfield from the opening whistle, but didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 31st minute when Benton chased down a ball that was chipped over the top of Elyria’s trapping defense and dribbled into the box where she beat Elyria goalkeeper Jessica Gogan to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later Benton scored her second goal on a penalty kick after Midview forward Kaysy Heyde was taken down from behind by Elyria’s Shakia Stephens.
“We started off a little anxious but we settled down and started running up on through balls we got going,” Benton said. “We put in a pretty offense in the offseason. We had a pretty successful preseason winning both of our scrimmages, but this was still a pretty good confidence booster tonight.”
Another freshman, Shannon Lienerth, gave Midview a 3-0 halftime lead, scoring off of a deflected Rachel Lusher free kick in the 40th minute.
Midway through the second half the Middies kicked it into high gear scoring four goals in a span of eight minutes and the rout was on. First, Emily Prechtl scored in the 52nd minute after being on the receiving end of a perfect centering pass from Heyde on the left post.
Sophomore midfielder Morgan Hamker had the goal of the night, bending a corner kick from the near corner to the front of the goal when it bounced off of Gogan’s hands and into the back of the net.
“It was really kinda pure luck,” Hamker said. “I was trying to put it farther out but I just got lucky. I have only scored once or twice off of a corner before.”
Less than 40 seconds later, the Middies went up 6-0 on an own goal by an Elyria defender. Riemer then closed out the scoring with goals in the 60th and 76th minutes.
“We really worked on our offense a lot in the offseason,” Midview coach Emily Ballantine said. “We’ve been stressing teamwork. Move as a team, play as a team and help each out and that is how we played tonight. We have a beautiful turf field and excellent team speed so we have to work to use both of those things to our advantage.”
Although the final score may not have indicated it, both teams were the beneficiaries of excellent goalkeeping.
Not only did Ceh get her first shutout of the season but the Midview co-captain routinely punted the ball from her goal box to well over 60 yards downfield. Elyria’s Gogan, in just her second year of playing goalkeeper, made 16 saves, many of which came on wide-open shots after Midview attackers sprinted clear of the young Pioneers defense.
“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season, but that’s what happens when you graduate your entire defense,” Elyria coach Venera Ilievska said. “Our younger girls are really beginning to step up. We play and practice on a grass field so I think the speed of the game surprised some of the girls tonight, but our next three games are on turf fields so we have to work on building up that speed and endurance. I have no doubt we’re gonna put it all together by the end of the season.”
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Midview 8, Elyria 0
GOALS: Benton (31st minute, 36th minute PK0, Riemer (60st minute, 76th minute), Lienerth (40th minute), Prechtl (52nd minute), Hamker (58th minute).
ASSISTS: Heyde 3, Lusher.
SAVES: (E) Gogan 16, Wright 4. (M) Ceh 6.
FOULS: Elyria 12, Midview 13.
CORNER KICKS: Elyria 3, Midview 2.
OFFSIDES: Midview 7.
YELLOW CARDS: (E) Petrov. (M) Benton.