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The Wooster boys soccer team came to West Holmes on Sept. 6 looking hungry for a win. Generals’ coach Brian Hansen said traditionally that his team has struggled a bit when they make to trek to Millersburg, but on Tuesday that certainly wasn’t the case.
In the second OCC game for both squads Wooster showed their dominance and went goal-crazy for a convincing 5-0 win over the Knights.
“This is always a scary place to play, we never fare too well down here and Dave’s always got a solid team and something up his sleeve,” said Hansen. “We had to be prepared and ready to play.”
And the Generals were ready as they controlled play most of the first half and capitalized on two scoring chances.
Wooster’s first goal came just eight minutes in when Joe Stoll found himself on the back post where he just ran through a ball forcing it into the goal for the Generals’ first score. Stoll’s goal came off a corner kick that the officials first said was a goal kick, but changed to a corner and Wooster pounced on the opportunity.
With 12:45 left to play in the first half it was the dynamic forward Zevin Zemrock Van De Meer who struck next for the Generals as he made his way through a pair of defenders and finished the play with a blast into the goal’s side-netting. It wasn’t the last we’d hear from Van De Meer.
West Holmes coach Dave Zimmerly said that by going down 2-0 at the break his team had dug a massive hole to try and climb out of. Especially against the likes of a quality, experienced Wooster squad.
“The second half our effort was better, but it wasn’t in the first half,” Zimmerly said. “We gave them too much respect. Yeah, we were the underdogs, but we can’t go out and spot them two goals in the first half. We were their best friend tonight.”
Eight minutes into the second half Van De Meer struck again, this time making a gorgeous first touch that put him in between a pair of West Holmes’ defenders and again he would finish with confidence and bury the chance putting Wooster up 3-0.
“That was a great touch and when he got through we knew he would tuck it home,” said Hansen. “It was a class finish.”
The Knights had no answer for the dangerous striker, but Zimmerly thought that if the Knights had stepped up their on-the-ball pressure that maybe it would have limited the havoc that Van De Meer wreaked.
“We were not applying enough pressure,” said Zimmerly. “Zevin was able to split our backs because we were not applying enough pressure. We were a little intimidated and timid with our decision making.”
When Van De Meer put the Generals up 3-0, Hansen was pleased because if the Knights could have managed a goal in the second half before the Generals, then it would have been a completely different match in his eyes.
“What I didn’t want at halftime was for us to be happy with a 2-0 lead,” said Hansen. “The next goal is the most important. If they put one in, now it’s a game, but if we put one in then we have control. We had to work hard to get one in the first ten minutes of the second half and we got one.”
Wooster then did what Hansen had hoped. They controlled the game the rest of the way by keeping possession and not giving the Knights any dangerous scoring changes. Meanwhile the Generals would pump in two more goals.
In the 68th minute Tyler Foster found another corner kick on the back post and tapped it home after West Holmes’ keeper Drew Campbell made a nice save on the initial shot. (video) Foster’s goal put the General up 4-0 with time to play.
Tyler Foster cleans up corner kick and mashes home Wooster’s fourth goal. 4-0 Generals over Knights. pic.twitter.com/hsFoFMmwqa
— OhioSportsTicket.com (@OhioTicket) September 7, 2016
To cap the scoring for Wooster it was Jack Neill who got on the end of a crossing ball and finished it with ease making it a 5-0 lead for the Generals with seven minutes left to play in the match.
“It’s disappointing you put yourself in a hole and then you have to go chase the game,” said Zimmerly. “Then all a sudden it’s 5-0.”
Wooster’s Theo Crawford got the win in goal for the Generals who are now 2-0-2 on the season and 2-0 in Ohio Cardinal Conference play. Crawford made six saves and two of them were full extension saves that helped preserve the shutout and keep the Knights from gaining any momentum.
The Generals out shot West Holmes 13 to 6 and had four corner kicks to West Holmes’ one.
West Holmes falls to 2-3 on the young season and 0-2 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.