The Buckeye Valley boys soccer team got two goals within a couple of minutes of each other to net a 2-0 victory at Delaware Christian in non-league action Saturday afternoon.
Ben Daily sent a shot right off a Jack Rotondo pass to break a scoreless tie in the 50th.
“I told him we don’t need to wait until we’re on the 6-yard line to shoot … let’s go ahead and test them from 20 or 25 if we can,” BV coach Eric Staley said. “That’s where both of the goals came from.”
Jared Gedde, a senior first-year player from the Sacramento (CA) area, rounded out the scoring almost two minutes later off a Felipe Scharff pass. His goal came a possession after missing high.
“(We were) just trying to work side to side and just found an open slot where they weren’t pressuring and I took the shot,” Gedde said.
“(Gedde has) brought a lot of experience,” Staley said. “He played a lot of club soccer out there in Sacramento – his high school was about the size of (Olentangy) Liberty. So, he’s used to playing at a pretty high level.”
Jack Scheeler stopped one shot in goal for the Barons (4-2), who have won three straight games.
BV is playing eight freshmen and sophomores in its rotation, so the Barons are persevering through inexperience.
“(There) were lots of things we were showing them in video yesterday … in the first (half), we were right back to some bad habits,” Staley said. “Once we started doing things the way we practiced, things got a lot better.”
Dirk Harris made seven saves in net for the Eagles (2-5-1), who controlled possession for much of the first half before running out of gas.
“We came out very strong the first … you really want to play well and defend (home field),” DCS coach Chris Art said. “The second half we came out more tired. I think our head wasn’t in it as much.”
BV, though inexperienced, has 25 players on its roster compared to DCS, which has 16.
“We’re down in numbers in middle school, so we haven’t had a middle school team in a few years,” Art said. “We’re bringing in new kids who just aren’t getting the same experience as the other ones.”
Next up, BV returns to MOAC action today at 5 p.m. when it hosts Ontario. DCS returns to action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at home against Genoa Christian in non-league.