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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!
Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Mitchell kept his net clean for the 7th straight time and Sophomore Cam Robinson rang the bell from another area code to give the Bulldogs the only goal they would need in defeating Avon Lake on Senior Night at the Avon Lake Stadium 1-0.
In a gusty wind for the 2nd straight game on turf, the Bulldogs put another offense in a deep freeze with a trademark lock down defensive effort from Christian Klien, Ryan Kolonik, Austin Lockhart, Ryan McDonald and Joey Bement. The Bulldogs gained some offensive momentum early using the strong winds to make a couple good runs to the net.
Around the 15 minute mark Cam Robinson pulled up from the 22 yd line and sent a upper 90 laser into the net to grab the lead on turf for the first time this season. On a night where shots on goal were uncommon, the Bulldogs called out the vise grip defense to work. Avon Lake had one excellent chance to score in the first half on a semi breakaway and Mitchell promptly stepped in and blew up the shot before it could come close to the net. The teams traded possessions at midfield for most of the 2nd half and Avon Lake did not register a shot on goal even with the wind.
The Bulldogs countered enough offensively to keep Avon Lake honest and allowed the Bulldog defense to dig in and send the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs to the bus with another road win against a SWC opponent. The Bulldogs finish with a fine 4-1-1 mark in the SWC reeling off 4 straight wins after a 0-1-1 start in SWC play. The team moves to 9-4-3 as a final regular season record ripping off 5 wins in row with a draw to Normandy as the only team to keep the Bulldogs out of the win column in the last 7 games.
Hats off to Austin Mitchell and this vise grip defense as the team moves into playoff mode next Wednesday 7pm at The Olmsted Falls Soccer Complex against the Elyria Pioneers. Invite a friend to the game and support your Olmsted Falls Bulldog soccer team as they head in the sectional playoffs. Go Bulldogs!
Sophomore net minder Austin Mitchell posted his 6th straight shutout on a cold windy day at Byers Field as the Bulldogs and Normandy Invaders traded blows all afternoon in a physical 0-0 tie. Mitchell notched 6 saves and preserved the tie with tough sliding stops and blocks all afternoon as the young Bulldogs stood toe to toe with a tough Invader team on turf in a strong wind.
After a tenative first 15 minutes the Bulldogs warmed up offensively and made numerous strong runs to net. Rough tackling and counter runs by Normandy kept the game a see saw affair thoughout the game. The Bulldogs turned up the intensity and made several quality shots on goal turned aside by the Normandy keeper up to the task.
The JV prevailed 4-1 and set a club mark for wins and stand at 9-3-3. Next up for the Bulldogs is another road turg match up with a conference foe Avon Lake this Wed 7pm in the regular season finale. Bulldogs stay out of the loss colunm with quality draw and now post a record of 8-4-3. The strong second half play of the defense continues as the playoffs start soon.
Hats off to the strong effort by the team on road. Come see the Bulldogs battle Avon Lake this Wed 7pm in Avon Lake. Go Bulldogs.
Sophomore Austin Mitchell earned his 5th straight shutout win and Senior Ryan Klimchack figured in both goals as the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs bested the Amherst Comets in convincing fashion on Senior Night at The Olmsted Falls Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs came out strong to the ball right out of the gate and took control early as Ryan Klimchack found Junior Bobby Illig on a crisp crossand Illig dented the back of net for a 1-0 lead.The offensive pressure continued by Falls and after several missed chances Freshman Kevin Lemin stuck a pass through the box to Ryan Klimchack who beat the keeper near post to double the lead at 2-0.
The ball remained in the Amherst half of the field for the most of the 2nd half giving Mitchell a rather quiet night between the pipes and the fog as he rang up his 7th victory of the season. A nice size crowd was treated to the Bulldog’s third SWC win of the year and continued another impressive defensive showing on the grass at home. The Bulldogs up their overall record to 8-4-2 and 3-1-1 in the SWC as the 2nd half win surge stays intact.
The Bulldogs get on the bus Saturday and head to the turf of Byers field for a 3pm road contest against a tough Normandy Invaders squad. The JV team tied Amherst 1-1 to bring their record to 8-3-2. Congrats to the Senior players again and come out cheer on the Bulldogs this Saturday at Byers Field. Game times are 1 and 3.