Evergreen Boys Soccer Hangs on to Defeat Archbold in District Semis


The Evergreen Boys Soccer program reached new heights on Wednesday night when the Vikings beat fellow NWOAL foe, the Archbold Blue Streaks, 3-2 in a DIII District Semi-Final match at Ottawa Hills High School.  Not only did the victory avenge a 5-4 loss to the Blue Streaks in Archbold during the regular season, it sent the Vikings to their first District Final in the school’s history.

The slim one-goal margin was not indicative of the dominating performance put on by Evergreen during the game.  The Vikings kept constant pressure on the Streaks’ defense in the first half and finally scored on a close-in shot by Brodie Setmire at the 24:07 mark.  Just 53 seconds later, it was NWOAL Player of the Year, Tyson Woodring, finding the back of the net at 23:14 to give Evergreen a 2-0 lead.

Archbold made several charges on the Evergreen goal but, for the most part, the Vikings controlled the action.  Not long after Woodring’s goal, he scored again at 19:26 from about 30 yards out on a free kick, giving his team a 3-0 advantage with all scores coming in a less than five-minute span.

Taking the 3-0 lead into the second half, Evergreen stayed aggressive on the offensive end, just missing on several scoring opportunities.  Late in the contest, the Streaks gained some momentum and began to pepper the Viking goalie, Walker Lumbrezer and finally scored on a Krayton Kern shot to put Archbold on the board with just 1:25 left in the match.

The 3-1 Evergreen lead seemed relatively safe, given how the game had gone so far, however, Kern scored again on a free kick with 0:55 seconds still remaining, putting the Viking faithful on the edge of their seats.  Evergreen was able to regroup and work the ball into the Archbold end of the field where is stayed until the final whistle.

The historic victory sends the Vikings to the District Championship match on Saturday, October 29th at 3:00 PM against top-seeded the Ottawa Hills Green Bears at Ottawa High School.  Archbold ends their season with a 12-7-1 record including the NWOAL Title and a Sectional Championship.

Click on the link above to access photos from the game. Photos are in the jpeg format to allow for editing and can be downloaded for NO CHARGE courtesy of the fultoncountymedia.com website.

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