By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Model Laboratory Patriots (17-1) moved into the championship game of the 44th District Tournament with a 10-0 win over Berea Tuesday.
The two-time defending district champs got two goals in the game’s first six minutes, built a 7-0 advantage at the half and were never challenged.
Model got two goals each from Andrew Wylie and Alex Clawson and a goal each from Jack Frisbie, Noah Valencia, Brandon Gentry, Chase Land and Marlowe Smith.
Model coach Steve Savage said he was happy with the win and to get to play some of his younger players.
“It was an important win for us. It gets us to the championship game. No matter who we play, it is going to be a tough game. The more you play a team, the more they know you and the tougher the game,” Savage said. “We had some guys who weren’t ready to play early, but fortunately we had some young guys off the bench who were ready to play. So we got to see some of next year’s team.”
Frisbie got the rout started with a goal three minutes into the game.
Clawson made it 2-0 two minutes later, then Wylie gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game.
Goals by Clawson and Wylie within a 45-second span made it 5-0 at the midway point of the first half.
Valencia and Andrew Wylie added goals to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead at the half.
Model wasted no time getting on the board in the second half as Gentry found the back of the net just two minutes in to make it 8-0.
The Pirates hung tough and held the Patriots scoreless from that point until the nine-minute mark when Chase Land took a ricochet of a missed shot and fired it past Berea keeper Trey Terrill to make it 9-0.
Marlowe Smith ended the game with a goal at the 4:49 mark to make it 10-0.
Though they ran into a buzzsaw in the powerhouse Patriots, the play of the Pirates at the end of the season was light years away from where they started in August.
Berea coach Casey Poynter said he was very happy with his team’s improvement from the beginning of the season.
“Our season was up and down some, but some of that was youth and inexperience. But we had some guys toward the end of the season who settled into some positions and played well, so that has answered some or our questions going into next year,” Poynter said. “This team as a whole is the best group of people I have ever coached and I’m proud of them and their effort.”
The win was Model’s 250th in their 25-year existence.
The Patriots will take on Madison Southern at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the championship game.