Eddies blank Buchanan 5-0

Published 11:26 pm Thursday, September 22, 2011

Edwardsburg’s Evan VanBelle had a pair of goals as the Eddies blanked Buchanan 5-0. (Edwardsburg Argus photo/AMELIO RODRIGUEZ)

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg made the most out of its scoring opportunities in a 5-0 Lakeland Conference boys soccer win Monday over Buchanan.

The Eddies, which improved to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the league, took control of the match after scoring five times on their first 10 shots on goal. Edwardsburg tied a season-high for goals in a match. In their season-opener the Eddies beat Comstock, 5-0.

“That’s something we haven’t had all season long,” said Edwardsburg coach Ryan Rosenkranz about his team’s scoring success against the Bucks. “It’s the first time since our season-opener that we’ve had a multi-goal game. That tells you how much we’ve struggled to score. It was nice to get our first conference win, get some points on the board and get a variety of guys to score.”

Evan VanBelle was the leader on offense for Edwardsburg, scoring twice. His first goal from 10 yards on an assist from Jared Kalka gave the Eddies a 1-0 lead with 25:49 left in the first half.

VanBelle also scored Edwardsburg’s final goal on an assist from Matt Toney with 32:33 left in the match. The Eddies senior now has five goals on the year.

“We’re working together as a team,” said VanBelle said. “We started out rough, but each game we’re getting better as a team.”

Edwardsburg continued its momentum gained from a 1-0 win over Niles on Saturday.

The Eddies scored three goals on seven shots in the first half. Freshmen Nick Karamalegos and Ben Chambers added goals in the first half for the hosts. Karamalegos scored from five yards with 16:14 left in the first half and Chambers scored from 10 yards off a direct kick from Eric Richardson with 2:35 left in the first half.

Edwardsburg owned a 7-5 edge on shots in the first half.

“In the first half we didn’t bring our A game,” said Buchanan coach Brian Pruett, whose team fell to 1-8-1 overall and 1-2 in the league. “I thought we were moving in the right direction, but the same team that I saw (last) Thursday (5-4 loss against Dowagiac) for us didn’t show up today. The first three goals scores were inside the goal box and it just happened because we were missing marks. There were issues that shouldn’t have happened. Edwardsburg finished and capitalized. They’re a good team. They’ve been improving as the year has been going on.”

Buchanan had the first two shots in the second half-both inside the goal box. But the shots, which came from A.J. Reed and Stephen Graber, were stopped by Edwardsburg goalie Patrick Harvey.

“In the second half I tried to mix some things up a little and I thought we had a little momentum,” Pruett said. “But we just couldn’t get back into the game.”

Edwardsburg got its fourth goal on a header from sophomore Grant Szalewski from five yards with 32:57 left in the match.

It was the first goal of the year for Szalewski, Karamalegos and Chambers.

“Anytime you have a little success it gets your confidence going,” Rosenkranz said. “We struggled at the beginning of the year against some tough teams. It’s nice to get our guys some victories.”



Halftime score

Edwardsburg 3, Buchanan 0.

First half

E — Evan VanBelle (Jared Kalka) 25:49

E — Nick Karamalegos 16:14

E— Ben Chambers (Eric Richardson) 2:35

Second half

E — Grant Szalewski (Matt Toney) 32:57

E — VanBelle (Toney) 32:33

Shots on goal

Edwardsburg 19, Buchanan 7


Patrick Harvey (E) 3, Cade Vargo (B) 5

Corner kicks

Edwardsburg 8, Buchanan 2

Varsity records

Edwardsburg 3-8 overall (1-2 Lakeland Conference), Buchanan 1-8-1 overall (1-2 Lakeland Conference)

Eddies vs. Otsego

Three second half goals helped visiting Otsego earn a 3-3 draw with Edwardsburg Tuesday night in non-conference soccer action.

The Eddies and Bulldogs will be members of the same Wolverine Conference beginning in 2012.

Edwardsburg grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead as Andrew Gnott scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Jared Kalka and Nick Karamalegos scored in the 30th minute with the assist of Austin Horvath.

Otsego scored the first two goals of the second half to knot the score at 2-2.

Luke Ponitz scored in the 41st minute with an assist from Micah Beard, while Nathan Brouard scored in the 57th minute with the help of T.J. Nunley.

The Eddies reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in the 70th minute on an unassisted goal by Kalka.

The Bulldogs completed their comeback with a goal in the 75th minute off the foot of David Gaddis. Kyle Cupp got the assist on the goal.

Both teams finished with 15 shots on goal.

Alex Miltenberger stopped 11 shots for Otsego. Edwardsburg’s Patrick Harvey and Ryan Mahaney split halves in the crease with Harvey stopping eight shots and Mahaney three.



Halftime score

Edwardsburg 2, Otsego 0

First half

E – Andrew Gnott 13th minute (Jared Kalka assist)

E – Nick Karamalegos 30th minute (Austin Horvath assist)

Second half

O – Luke Ponitz 41st minute (Micah Beard assist)

O – Nathan Brouard 57th minute (T.J. Nunley assist)

E – Kalka 70th minute

O – David Gaddis 75th minute (Kyle Cupp assist)

Shots on goal

Otsego 15

Edwardsburg 15


Otsego 11 (Alex Miltenberger)

Edwardsburg 11 (Patrick Harvey 8, Ryan Mahaney 3)