ELYRIA — Everyone on the Elyria boys soccer team knew what was on the line Saturday night.
The Pioneers were playing their first game at new Ely Stadium and they wanted to be the first team to christen it with a victory after the football team couldn’t bring home a win Friday.
They left nothing to chance, defeating Parma 9-1.
“It feels great, we knew this win was going to happen,” said Charles Locklear, who scored twice and had two assists, including the first on the new field.
Colton Hyde needed 5:14 to make history — scoring the first goal at the new stadium. He took a corner from Locklear at the other side of the box and let it fly, connecting in the corner of the net from about 20 yards out.
“It’s huge,” Hyde said. “That’s the dream right there. New stadium, great field, I’m just glad I put the first one away. That’s great. We were moving the ball very well on the turf. On the grass we moved all right, but on the turf we move extra good.”
That got the party started as the Pioneers (3-0) poured on four more goals in the next 15 minutes.
Joshua Rader took a nice cross from Trey Monschein, giving Rader a one-on-one with goalkeeper Mark Ivancic for an easy score.
Monschein was up next. Malik Holt placed a beautiful feed from the 50-yard line into the box. Monschein dribbled around, created some space and connected from about 15-yards out.
Locklear scored his first of two goals 17:21 into the game, weaving his way through multiple Parma (2-1) defenders to give himself enough room on the left side of the box for a nice shot.
“He does a great job,” Elyria coach Brett Heighberger said of Locklear. “He moves the ball well, he’s intense, quick on his feet and has good vision. It’s such a nice asset to have someone who sees the field as quickly as he does.”
Isaac Dicken and Fernando Lopez added a pair of goals while Locklear capped the first half with another, coming off a nice feed from Hyde.
The Pioneers dominated every statistical category — 13 of their 17 shots on goal came in the first half and they outshot Parma 24-8 overall. Seven of Parma’s eight shots came in the second half.
Parma’s Andrew Lozitsky will also go down in history, becoming the first opponent to score at the new field. He pushed a nice header past Brandon Lowery on a long free kick by Kevin Ivancic.
Lowery had come in relief for starter Logan Boddy at the end of the first half. Boddy’s lone save was the first in the new stadium. Lowery finished with five saves.
“The guys really looked forward to playing here,” Heighberger said. “We were a little anxious. We were able to come out yesterday and work the ball on the turf for about an hour. (The turf) really opens the game up for us. We’re able to move the ball smoothly, quickly and utilize some of our athletic ability. They were really, really ready to come out and play. We’re very thankful for the community to provide us an opportunity to play here.”
Elyria 9, Parma 1
GOALS: (P) Andrew Lozitsky (64:55); (E) Colton Hyde (5:14), Joshua Rader (6:33), Trey Monschein (9:25), Charles Locklear (17:21, 38:19), Isaac Dicken (21:41, 50:10), Fernando Lopez (34:30, 78:36)
ASSISTS: (P) Kevin Ivancic; (E) Locklear (2), Monschein, Malik Holt, Hyde
SHOTS: Parma 8, Elyria 24
SHOTS ON GOAL: Parma 6, Elyria 17
SAVES: (P) Mark Ivancic 6; (E) Logan Boddy 1, Brandon Lowery 5
FOULS: Parma 5, Elyria 5.
CORNER KICKS: Parma 2, Elyria 3
FREE KICKS: Parma 4, Elyria 3
GOAL KICKS: Parma 6, Elyria 7
PENALTY KICKS: Parma 0, Elyria 1
HALFTIME: Elyria, 7-0
JUNIOR VARSITY: Elyria, 2-1