Tyson Gingerich got back in the scoring column in a big way and the Hiland Hawks blasted visiting Coshocton 8-0 in local varsity boys soccer action Saturday September 17 in Berlin.
Gingerich netted three goals and had one disallowed due to a close off-sides call as the Hawks totally dominated the ball and played most of the game in the Redskins’ end of the field.
“Tyson only had one goal on the season coming into today, it was a really nice one against Mansfield Christian,” said Hiland head coach Scott Bodiker. “I think that’s really important for us because last year we relied pretty heavily on Derek (Miller) and Sinjon (Howell). So it’s pretty important when we have that scoring variety, and I think this team has that potential to spread it around.”
Spread it they did.
Howell netted two to join Gingerich, while Miller, Clay Gerber and Declan Howell all scored for the Hawks.
Hiland has had a stretch of good scoring lately, and the defense has put up consecutive shutouts. The win wasn’t shocking, but the total domination was a nice bonus for Bodiker.
“I thought we played really well today,” he said. “Coshocton is a team that hasn’t picked up a lot of W’s this year, but they’ve been competitive in most of their games. So for us to come out and really put it to them has not been the norm for them this season.”
But after losing a good chunk of their team to graduation from last year, the young Redskins showed their youth when the Hawks began to put a number of scores on the board. Up 3-0 at the half, Hiland really poured it on in the second as Bodiker continued to use his great depth on a team that features 15 seniors.
“We do have a group that is obviously a veteran team, but we’ve played some guys in different positions, and we’ve also been fortunate to have a few of these games where we can get a lot of guys some valuable minutes, and I think that’s been very beneficial. Those guys need to get on the field,” he said.
With the win Hiland moves to 4-2-1 on the season, and will next host New Philadelphia Thursday in Berlin.