EATON TWP. — To say Midview came to play in its sectional match against Elyria on Monday night would be quite the understatement.
The Middies came out like gangbusters, scoring two goals in the first six minutes and never took their foot off the gas in rolling to a 10-0 win in a Division I opener at Midview High School.
Seven players scored as the sixth-seeded Middies improved to 13-3-1 and advanced to Thursday’s sectional final at third-seeded Amherst.
“Coming out fast was something we’ve been focused on and I believe we did that well,” Midview coach Abbey Golden said. “Elyria is well-coached and improving and it was fantastic to be able to take control and put them on their heels.”
It was a solid team effort from Midview, which got valuable contributions from players up and down its roster.
“That’s the great thing about us,” Golden said. “There aren’t a few players to watch, we’re a team to watch. Every girl on the roster played tonight and there wasn’t much drop-off.”
Colleen Benton scored a pair of first-half goals as the Middies opened a 4-0 halftime lead.
Benton found herself on a breakaway, made a few moves and twisted the ball just past Elyria goalkeeper Hannah McCray for her second goal.
The Pioneers (5-11) fell behind before they could even get their warm-ups off it seemed.
Ashley Dekam opened the scoring in the second minute when she caught the Elyria defense off-balance and blew past it for the first goal of the game. Minutes later, Malia Nicholson made it 2-0.
“We came out high in the formation hoping to score a goal early and then try to win a low-scoring game,” Elyria coach Brian Thomas said. “So to get down 2-0 right away was tough against such a good team in Midview.”
Midview freshman Autumn Vance stole the show with a 20-minute span of dominance in the second half.
Vance scored back-to-back goals, both on assists from Maddie Blane, to give the Middies a 6-0 lead and end any hope Elyria had of coming back.
“My teammates kept placing the balls perfectly and we focused on our style of play,” said Vance, who added a third goal. “I thought we did that well and played with a lot of fire the entire game. … I felt like we came out strong and we really caught a spark during the game.”
Midview controlled the ball nearly the entire second half.
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Midview 10, Elyria 0
GOALS: (M) Alexia Hamm, Autumn Vance 3, Colleen Benton 2, Izzy Mraz, Ashley Dekam, Malia Nicholson, Maddie Ward
ASSISTS: (M) Mallory Homoki, Blaine 2, Dekam
SAVES: (E) Hannah McCray 12, (M) Ashley Callaway 6
CORNER KICKS: Elyria 1, Midview 3
HALFTIME: Midview, 4-0