Boys soccer: O-G, Kalida preparing for regionals

By JASON STEIN cnsports@crescent-news.com Published:

It's down to the Sweet 16 in boys soccer and Ottawa-Glandorf and Kalida are still alive and looking to pound out a few more wins in their respective divisions.

The Titans come into the Division II regional semifinal after a double-overtime victory against Western Buckeye League rival Lima Shawnee. O-G will take on the Bowling Green Bobcats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Lima Senior after Bowling Green also needed two overtimes to defeat Bellville Clear Fork.

"They have a couple players that handle the ball real well and their goal keeper looked really athletic and real good," stated Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Mike Weihrauch, whose team was last at regionals in 2009 when its was D-III. "If we defend well and attack the way we're capable of, I like our chances."

The Bobcats are just 7-11 overall, with three of those wins coming in the playoffs. But, playing in the NLL and injuries during the regular season contributed to BG's deceptive record.

For the Titans (16-1-2), there is still room for improvement, but that's something that Weihrauch believes is certainly attainable as they look to continue to move on the tournament trail.

"We need to defend a lot better than we did and we need to have a better variety on the way we attack," Weihrauch said about improvements needed following the victory over Shawnee. "If we do those two things, that will go a long way toward doing what we like to do."

The O-G-Bowling Green winner will meet the Lexington-Parma Padua Franciscan winner in the regional finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lexington.

Kalida, meanwhile, is making its first trip to the regional level since 2002 after the Wildcats blanked LCC 1-0 in the Division III district finals.

The Wildcats (16-2) will be facing an Ottawa Hills program that is no stranger to long runs in the tournament after reaching the state final four last year and winning the whole thing in 2008. The Green Bears were also ranked No. 1 in the final OSSCA poll and boast a 17-0-2 record, with their most recent win a 5-1 victory over Continental.

The Green Bears and Wildcats square off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Findlay with the winner playing in the regional final against either Mansfield Christian or Grandview Heights on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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