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Titans rout WBL foe Van Wert

GLANDORF, OHIO – Ottawa Glandorf may have started slow in their WBL home opener against Van Wert but they didn’t stay that way in the second half as they put in 5 of their 7 goals in a 4:57 span of the second half en route to a 7-0 victory.

Van Wert goalkeeper Camryn Nouza allowed just a pair of first half goals to Amanda Sahloff (16:12), and Rachel Warnecke (3:32) despite being under a constant barrage of shots by the Titan offense that dominated the Cougars zone in the opening 40:00.

If there is a team at home that can quickly find a second gear on their home turf, it has been the OG girls soccer program the past handful of years, and tonight was no exception. With 22:25 remaining in the contest, Senior Forward Alex Verhoff scored the first of her two goals in the game as she blew a line drive past Nouza to push her teams advantage to 3-0.

Despite losing a ton of talent from a team that finished with a 20-2-1 record, as WBL Champions and as State Runner-Ups, this years Titan squad proved they can score a host of goals in a hurry as Dani Ellerbrock’s goal with 7:29 remaining began the OG offensive barrage that was yet to come.

Veronica Knott (6:15), Devon Warnecke (4:23), and Verhoff again (2:32 on the games only penalty kick) finished off the scoring for the home team.

OG (5-1, 1-1 WBL) will have a pair of tough road games at Anthony Wayne (Thursday), and at Findlay (Saturday) before returning home on Monday to take on WBL foe Celina (in a game that can be heard on as it happens at 7pm).

Van Wert drops to 1-4 overall, and 0-2 in Western Buckeye League play. In their 6th season in the league, the Cougars now sport a record of 5-40-2.


OG soccer headed to State

CLYDE, OHIO – Ottawa Glandorf was looking to become the first team from Putnam county to play in a girls soccer state championship game, Elyria Catholic was looking to represent Lorain county the same way, someone had to fail.

Unfortunately for the folks in Northeast Ohio, the OG Titans will meet Hamilton Badin on Friday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio for the Division 3 OHSAA title by virtue of a 1-0 win by the Titans.

Both teams started off slow in the contest with a heavy rain and win into their faces at times, but it was Ottawa Glandorf who was able to weather the storm and move on as they got a Grace Warnecke goal with just under 19 minutes left that held up for the win.

Ottawa Glandorf has now won 12 straight matches and is now 19-1-1 overall. Elyria Catholic suffered their first loss since late September (7-0-2 since) and finished at 16-2-4.

Friday’s D3 State Championship contest can be hear live on when it begins (follow @zsportslive on twitter to find out the start time as it will be announced by 10am on Wednesday 11/6/14 by the OHSAA).

Full broadcast from the OG/EC match here:


OG Girls, Fort Jennings Boys Soccer advance

Putnam County will be represented in the OHSAA Regional Soccer Finals on Saturday with both a boys and girls squads one game away from advancing to the State Final 4.

Ottawa Glandorf defeated the Archbold Blue Streaks on Tuesday night 5-1 in Ottawa Hills with a dominating offensive performance on the host Green Bears turf.

Over the course of the 80 minutes played, the Titans outshot the Blue Streaks 28-4 and upped their season record to 18-1-1 under Coach Chris Podraski.

Megan Siefker scored the first goal of the game at the 21:13 mark of the first half that put OG ahead 1-0. Exactly 5 minutes later Elissa Ellerbrock set up Grace Warnecke for the 2nd goal of the contest and picked up an assist on the play.

OG would run their lead to 3-0 with 5:44 left in the opening half on a Marna Hempfling goal.

Archbold’s Brooke Kohler scored the only marker of the game for her squad on a free kick from 30 yards out just over the head of Titan goalkeeper Cassie Schroeder 3:53 into the second half to cut the lead to 3-1.

With 27:11 left in the game, Megan Siefker’s 2nd goal of the contest upped the OG lead to 4-1. Grace Warnecke notched her 2nd goal late in the game to close out a 5-1 OG win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class has never advanced into district play before this season, but they will now look to get to the State Semifinals if they can defeat Akron Manchester on Saturday at 3pm in Lexington, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on with Dave Boninsegna.

Fort Jennings traveled north to Tiffin to take on the Swanton Bulldogs Wednesday night looking to continue their run towards a trip to the State Semifinals for the first time in 10 years (last in 2004 when they lost to Cuyahoga Calley Christian Academy 1-0).

Utilizing frequent substitutions in the game, Coach Gregg Luthman’s Musketeers team was able to utilize fresh legs and make repeated runs at the Swanton net. With 10:09 to go in the first half a run finally paid off as Mark Metzger put a shot on goal that skipped past the Bulldogs goalkeeper and give Fort Jennings a 1-0 lead.

Troy Ricker would provide the 2nd goal and only other scoring play of the contest with 13:57 to go in the 2nd half to make it 2-0 with a 22 yard strike into the back of the Swanton net.

With the win the Musketeers are now 12-5-4 on the season and will play in the Regional Finals at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium at 12pm against Mansfield Christian who were victorious 1-0 over Elyria Catholic. Fort Jennings vs Mansfield Christian can be heard live on with myself on the call and a very special interview with the OHSAA’s Jerry Snodgrass at the half.


Titans blast Lancers

Glandorf, Ohio – To say the Ottawa Glandorf Titan ladies were ready for their Sectional Finals matchup against Lincolnview would be an understatement.

Following a bye in the first round, the Titans came out looking to add to their 79-5 goal differential this season and did so in a big way by scoring 10 goals Saturday afternoon.

Grace Warnecke got the scoring going for Ottawa Glandorf in the first half with her goal at the 34:29 mark that was the only goal OG would need on the night, however it was not even close to the last one they would utilize. Alex Verhoff became the second Titan to score as she booted one past the Lincolnview goalkeeper Julia Thatcher with 23:44 left in the first half for a 2-0 OG lead. Warnecke added her second goal of the day with 9:08 left on the clock and was followed with 4:29 to go by Marna Hempfling who put OG on top 4-0 heading into the break.

Second half goals would come fast and furious for Ottawa Glandorf as the Titans accounted for 6 goals from 5 different players against Thatcher and backup keeper Maddie Gorman. Gorman took a hard kicked ball to the face in an earlier part of the game and was able to come back into the match to give Thatcher (11 goals on the season) a chance to play forward.

Megan Siefker had an assist on the first goal of the second half by Hempfling, and moments later picked up a goal of her own that had OG out in front of Lincolnview 6-0 with 25:45 remaining.

Alexis Schroeder would join the Titan goal scoring barrage :30 later for a 7th OG goal. Sophomore forward Brooke Beach checked her name into the scorebook as she booted a shot into the net with 21:37 remaining. Leanna Zynda would score her first goal of the game on a shot from the right side of the net from 18 yards out for a 9th OG goal before Warnecke added a hat trick goal with 3:22 to finish off the scoring for the Titans.

OG improves to 14-1-1 on the season and will next play against Continental on Wednesday at 5pm in Celina in a game that can be heard on Lincolnview finishes their season at 8-9-1 and loses 3 seniors who were all named to the 1st Team All-NWC squad this year in Claire Clay, Julia Thatcher and Hannah McCleery.


Titans cage Wildcats

With just days left before the OHSAA tournament draw, the OG Titans were looking to make a statement against Miller City, and make a statement they did.

In front of friends and family as part of Senior Night at Ottawa Glandorf, the Titans wasted no time going on the offensive as they spent a majority of the first half inside the Miller City half of the pitch. Despite heavy rain and a soggy surface, the Titans got things going with 25:07 left in the first half with a goal from Marna Hempfling to put them on top 1-0.

Even though the goal from the right foot of Hempfling would be the only one they would neat on the night, Ottawa Glandorf would add four more before the match would elapse. With 18:00 to go in the first half, Leanna Zynda would add a goal to push OG’s lead to 2-0. Almost exactly nine minutes later a third goal would pass through the net as Elissa Ellerbrock’s marker at 9:10 left in the first half made it 3-0 in favor of the home squad.

Despite a tough first half in goal for Miller City, the Wildcats played a much more stout second half on defense as they did not allow a goal until the 8:29 to go mark when Danielle Schroeder put OG up 4-0. Miller City also would see their shots on goal against Ottawa Glandorf increase in the second half, but unfortunately come up empty as they just couldn’t get the ball to bounce their way.

The game’s final goal went on the board 1:23 later as OG’s Alex Verhoff booted one in to provide the final margin in the Titans 5-0 win.

With the win the Titans help themselves for Sunday’s draw in terms of securing a first round bye as they are now 12-1-1 on the year and are heading into a tough matchup with the Bath Wildcats that will determine if they can secure themselves the WBL Championship. Miller City with the loss drops to 2-9-2 this season.