The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs took care of business by scoring early and often en route to a win over the Elyria Pioneers in the opening round of the Rocky River Sectional tournament before the largest crowd of the season.
Sophomore keeper Austin Mitchell turned aside all shots in his direction for the eight straight time as the Bulldogs cruised to a 5-0 win in their final appearance of the year at the Olmsted Falls Soccer Complex on a warm drizzly night.
Senior Ryan Klimchack took a pass from Senior Christain Klien and rifled a head high shot to the right of the keeper for a 1-0 lead barely 10 minutes into the match as the Bulldogs used a frontal offensive attack to gain early control of the contest.
Junior Austin Lockhart sent a long ball to the foot of Frosh Kevin Lemin who slapped it by the goal tender for a 2-0 lead before the clock hit 20 minutes.
Lemin then converted a turnover by the Pioneers into a nifty breakaway goal and the Bulldogs went to the half leading 3-0.
The defense did not let up even with a 3 goal lead and speedster Junior Jake Yeager took a loose ball and scampered from well beyond midfield to ring up the 4th goal of the night. Freshman Ryan Kolonik sent a diagional ball to Junior Logan Klink who side stepped a defender and dented the net for the 5th score of a sucessful opening round soccer match for the Bulldogs.
Austin Mitchell records a playoff win with a relatively quiet night in the nets grabbing 2 saves.
Focus now turns to the Westlake Demons in a 2nd round matchup in Westlake this Saturday at 7pm. Can the young Bulldogs knock off another longtime rival with their red hot defense and timely offense?
Come witness this contest at Westlake and cheer on your Olmsted Falls Bulldogs in 2nd round sectional action. Thanks to everyone who supported the team at home games this year. GO BULLDOGS!
The huge second half win streak fueled by 7 games without allowing a goal made the 2014 regular season a rousing success. The season concluded with an overall record of 9-4-3 including a third place 4-1-1 SWC mark, the best SWC record in school history.
The Bulldogs featured a combination of youth with numerous underclassman playing significant roles and making important contributions to the team as well as playing to a high level throughout the season.
This 2014 squad evolved into a defensive jaugernaut capable of shutting down an opponent’s offense or just flat out fighting off repeated scoring attempts by older more seasoned teams. The offense attack is spread around several players making the Bulldogs more difficult to defend as the team is not dependent on one or two players for offensive support. Penalty kick percentage represented the only area the team underpreformed but the Bulldogs worked on this in practice quite a bit recently and look forward to improving during the playoffs.
The season opener in North Ridgeville ended in a 1-1 draw as darkness and weather conditions led to the Bulldogs giving up a very late goal for the tie. The Bulldogs overwhelmed Parma 5-2 and a 2nd half surge led to a 2-2 draw with two time defending SWC champs Berea-Midpark. A perfectly played corner kick allowed Westlake to escape with the only home loss for the Bulldogs this season 1-0.
Kenston nipped the Bulldogs on a contreversial goal late 1-0 on the road. Bulldogs gained their 1st shutout over Geneva at home despite out shooting them 17-2. The Bulldogs settled and old score with former nemisis North Olmsted when the Bulldogs upset the Eagles on their home grass 3-1. The season looked very promising.
Back to back road losses to Avon and Lakewood (both 10 win teams) brought the team back to earth and the coaching staff challenged the team to regroup. A solid win over Elyria helped regain some confidence but another old advesary stood in the way, Strongsville. In perhaps the signature win of the season, the Bulldogs traveled to Strongsville and grabbed their 1st ever over the Mustangs 1-0. Next 1st ever win came at home versus Brecksville and the team gained confidence and momentum.
The winning continued as the Bulldogs topped Valley Forge at home 2-0 and then made Senior night a success by blanking rival Amherst 2-0. The next two contests on turf showed how this young team has improved as the Bulldogs slugged out a 0-0 tie with Normandy and 1-0 win over conference foe Avon Lake in cold blustry conditions.
The dramatic improvement on defense positions the Bulldogs to make some noise in the sectional playoffs beginning this Wed 10-15 7pm against Elyria. When the Bulldogs score first they become difficult to beat as the season record showed. Thanks for an entertaining and successful regular season. Go Bulldogs!