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Sunday, October 20, 2013Sectional Boys Soccer: Unbeaten L-B and Bluffton easy winners
MOUNT BLANCHARD -- It's tournament time and the Liberty-Benton boys soccer team knows it.
The unbeaten Eagles kept the pressure on Riverdale in the second half to pull away for a 4-0 Division III sectional final win on the Falcons' home field Saturday.
The Eagles (16-0-1), the No. 6 team in the final Division III state coaches poll, advances to take on Edison (8-8-2) in a 5 p.m. Tuesday district semifinal match at Tiffin's Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
Bluffton (12-4-1), which knocked off Cory-Rawson 5-1, will play second-ranked Mansfield Christian (16-1) in the second semifinal match at 7 p.m.
Brian Dailey got the Eagles on the board first when he took the ball on the left wing and punched it past Riverdale (10-6-2) keeper Austin Clark at the 30:38 mark of the first half.
"I think for 60 minutes things were going pretty much as we had hoped minus the first goal obviously," Riverdale coach Jon Hayfield said.
"We had two fouls that we didn't need to take and that led a two goals and then we had to take a few chances."
In the second half, it was Zach Garver who gave Liberty-Benton breathing room.
Garver made it 2-0 with a header off a pass from Ty Waltz with 28:13 left in the game. Twelve minutes later he added an insurance tally with a sliding goal that snuck past Clark.
"We played them earlier this season, so we knew they were going to give us a tough challenge," Garver said.
"We played well in the first half but we didn't get the opportunities that we did in the second half. We got some good passes and had a good counter attack and we were able to get those goals in the second half."
Liberty-Benton's Griffin Rath added the final goal on a rainy, windy morning where the game time temperature hovered around 43 degrees.
The Eagles have won in blowout fashion a number of times this season so Liberty-Benton coach Greg Norden appreciated the play of a scrappy Riverdale squad.
"I'm glad we had a tough game. It was 1-0 at halftime so we kind of had to pour it on a little in the second half," Norden said.
"It was good that we had to make some adjustments at halftime. We implemented some different things and they were able to work."
Effort certainly wasn't lacking on the Falcons' part. They were just unable to fend off the wave after wave of L-B attacks.
"Real proud of what my boys did against a very good team," Hayfield said.
"They are relentless. They keep coming and keep coming and it's difficult to keep weathering storm after storm when you have quality all over the field like L-B does."
Liberty-Benton had a 10-8 edge in shots. Clark recorded six saves for Riverdale while Dillon Burkett had eight saves to record his 11th shutout of the season.
In the second match, Bluffton had little trouble taking care of Cory-Rawson as Stephen Tatarkov scored a pair of goals to lead the Pirates. Jonaton Moser, Ryan Sprague and David Nester also scored for Bluffton. Luke Headings, Andrew Hoff, Tucker Routson and Tatarkov added assists.
Austin Brown scored the only goal for the Hornets (4-12-2).
Cory-Rawson goalkeeper Kyle Rossman had 11 saves as Bluffton had a a 17-4 edge in shots. Alex Horde had two saves and Joseph Schriner one for the Pirates.
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