Big second half lifts Eddies past Bobcat, 7-0Published 9:21am Tuesday, September 22, 2009
By SCOTT NOVAK
Niles Daily Star
A close match turned into a bit of a rout Monday afternoon as visiting Edwardsburg posted a 7-0 Lakeland Conference victory over host Brandywine.
Leading just 3-0, the Eddies scored four goals in eight minutes.
Edwardsburg led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Climente Martinez.
Connor Smith scored twice in the second half for the Eddies, who also got goals from Zak Karamalegos, Chris Hotrum and Daniel Holston.
Karamalegos’ goal made it 3-0 early in the second half, but it wasn’t until the 70th minute that the Eddies exploded on offense.
Smith scored the first of his two goals in the 70th minute, while Hotrum struck for a goal a minute later and then Smith scored again in the 72nd minute.
Holston finished the barrage with a goal in the 78th minute.
It appeared that Edwardsburg had scored an eighth goal a minute later off a direct kick, but the official did not allow it because the Eddies, after asking to have the wall moved back a full 10 feet, kicked the ball too early.
“We just ran out of gas,” Brandywine coach Jim McNamara said. “We played really well right up to that point. Edwardsburg just keeps running players at you and they are talented players.”
Edwardsburg held a commanding 22-1 advantage in shots on goal against the Bobcats.
Jason Andrews had 15 saves for Brandywine.
“Brandywine played a good game defensively and their keeper made a lot of good saves for them,” Edwardsburg coach Ryan Rozenkranz said. “I think with our conditioning and our talent we are able to wear some teams down. That kind of happened to them a little bit there at the end of the second half.”
Rosenkranz said that he switched some players around and that his squad was not happy with a 2-0 lead at halftime and came out with a purpose.
“We took it right at them,” he said. “We were able to finish.”
Edwardsburg 2, Brandywine 0
E – Climente Martinez
E – Martinez
E – Zak Karamalegos
E – Connor Smith
E – Chris Hotrum
E – Smith
E – Daniel Holston
Shots on goal
Edwardsburg 1 (Ryan Housing)
Brandywine15 (Jason Andrews)