BOTKINS — With three people having to play out of position due to absences for various reasons, thrown in with a good game plan by Lima Temple Christian head coach BJ McPheron, things seemingly could not have been worse for Botkins in their 6-0 win over the Pioneers.
However, improvising is what great teams do best.
“The first half we kind of played their style,” Botkins coach Kevin Lynch said. “We are usually more aggressive offensively. We calmed down in the second half and did much better.”
McPheron admitted that was his teams plan coming into the game, but that Botkins was just that good.
“We’ve been trying to work on our aggressiveness,” McPheron said. “We were able to force them to play defensively in the first half. But we are a young team and we weren’t able to keep up with the physicality that they bring to the table.”
However, the Botkins defense responded perfectly with the defense breaking up every attack the Pioneers tried to put together underneath. With starting goalie Evan Dietz missing between the pipes, Christian Hoskins also responded well in his second varsity game with the shutout.
The Trojans managed to take a 3-0 lead at the half despite being taken out of their game style. Trevor Hoffman opened up the scoring with a head-butt off of a corner kick, and Ethan Zimpfer scored twice.
Botkins attacked much better offensively in the second half and scored three more times. Zimpfer opened up the second half scoring and then Taylor VanGundy scored twice.
Lynch said his team is responding well in a down point of the season.
“It seems like every season you will have that stretch of a couple weeks where injuries are a problem,” Lynch said. “We are going through that stretch now. “We had some people do well out of position. There isn’t a lot of glory back there when you are playing defense unless you get a shutout. They did a good job back there today.”
Mcpheron said his team just is in need of experience.
“We did what we wanted to do at times, but we just couldn’t punch it in,” McPheron said. “It is hard enough coming down here with a team like Botkins and trying to compete,”
With the win Botkins is now 7-1-2 on the year. Lima Temple Christian falls to 1-5.
Botkins travels to Cory-Rawson on Tuesday while the Pioneers travel to New Knoxville.