Saturday, October 28, 2017
Olmsted Falls High School
Bulldogs Oust Eagles 1-0 To Win District Crown
Defense Makes Lemin Goal Stand For 2nd Straight Title
The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs used their favorite recipe to win their 2nd straight District Title at North Ridgeville High School on a chilly night for soccer. Use a good measure of stone wall defensive play and mix in some high-pressure offense along with a goal and fight tooth and nail for 80 minutes. The finished product is another trip to the Sweet 16 in the Ohio High School State Tournament behind a 1st half goal by senior Kevin Lemin and another standout performance by Shelby Edwards and company.
The Bulldogs faced the Avon Eagles for the sixth time in three years and faced a determined team ready to step up to the next level. The Bulldogs used the first 15 minutes to gauge the Eagles and then slowly began to move the offense into the Eagle end, while fending off numerous long ball counters by Avon. Senior Rylan Wikle took a run deep into the Avon end but could not hook up. That run started a series of offensive drive by the Dogs mixed in with Avon counters that kept a large crowd of Bulldog faithful on pins and needles.
Plenty of fouls and hard tackles as the Eagles played SWC style soccer to slow down the Bulldog fast breaks. Around the 20-minute mark Lemin sliced in from his right forward position and bullied his way past three defenders. All SWC GK Dylan Morris came out to stop the run and Lemin beat him low left for the only goal the Dogs would need. Senior co-captain Ryan Kolonick made a great run and caught Morris off his line. Only a sensational save by Morris kept the game 1-0.
Senior Shelby Edwards posted his 15th shutout and made 7 saves in a busy night in the nets. The talented Eagles left nothing on the field in their attempt unseat the Bulldogs. The Dog defensive line of Chase Fernkorn, Alex Kleck, Charlie Watters and Mark Ortiz stayed focused and calmly put away several dangerous balls in the 2nd half.
The 18-1 Bulldogs now journey to Brunswick and face the Medina Bees in some unfinished business from 2016 when the Bees bounced the Bulldogs from the tournament 4-0. The team asks Bulldog Nation for another loud and proud crowd to support them as they seek to advance in Regional play.
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