Once the avalanche begins to descend there is no getting out of its way. That’s how it was for the Napoleon boys soccer team Tuesday as Bowling Green scored eight second-half goals for a 9-0 Northern Lakes League victory at Buckenmeyer Stadium.
“Unbelievable,” said Napoleon boys soccer coach Chris DelFavero. “We were playing pretty even in the first half. Each team had chances, and they finished on one of theirs. I thought at half we were in it and told the guys we have every chance to win the game.”
It all fell apart eight minutes into the second half.
Isaac Erdody scored the first of his four goals in the second half for a 2-0 lead. Erdody placed a 35-yard shot just over the outstretched arms of Napoleon goalie Michael Gallagher.
A minute later Ethan Warner followed with a goal and things began to unravel.
Devin Boettner had a close-range shot turned away by a kick save with 28:25 remaining, but Erdody scored with 24:21 left on the clock when his shot hit the crossbar and went straight down. The official ruled the ball crossed the goal line for a score.
Erdody made it a hat trick with 22 minutes left, giving the Bobcats four goals in a 10-minute span.
“We just kind of quit doing anything we have ever done in practice,” said DelFavero. “We let balls go through, randomly kicked the ball, we had no attacks and didn’t make any saves. We had a whole season of bad play in one half. I hope they feel bad about how they played.”
Bowling Green kept piling on the goals, scoring four more times in the final 14 1/2 minutes of the game. Aaron Mejiriski, Jack Suelzer, Jonathan Sayer and Erdody each scored for the Bobcats.
DelFavero said his team never recovered from BG scoring twice in a minute.
“That is a confidence thing, and I don’t understand that,” he said. “We have a decent amount of juniors and seniors that should have enough confidence in their abilities. They lost it.
“We will get back to practice tomorrow and start working to get this bad taste out of our mouths,” added DelFavero.
Napoleon had several good scoring chances in the first half, with Nick Bunke blasting a shot from 25 yards out that had to be stopped by the BG keeper with 27 minutes remaining before intermission. Boettner had a blast also turned away and Kellen Ressler’s rebound shot sailed high from 25 yards away.
The Bobcats took the lead when Suelzer scored on a great shot from 20 yards away after a near own-goal by a BG defender on the other end of the field seconds earlier.
BG’s Colin Fahy hit the post 5 1/2 minutes into the second half — a precursor of things to come for the Bobcats, who are now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the NLL.
Napoleon falls to 4-3-1 on the season and 0-3 in the NLL. The Wildcats are back in action Thursday, traveling to Ottawa-Glandorf.