BEAVERCREEK — The third-seeded Beavercreek Beavers showed off their depth in their first-round matchup of the Division I sectionals, Tuesday at Beavercreek High School.
Beavercreek (12-1-4) shut out the Greenville Green Wave (7-9-1) with six different players scoring in the 6-0 win.
Things started rolling for the Beavers just over three minutes into the game when Evan Peterson found Tyler Dayhoff on a throw-in pass. Dayhoff tapped just out of the reach of Greenville keeper A.J. Frens.
With the 1-0 lead and 24:30 left to play in the first half, the starters for the Beavers were subbed out. Josh Human and Justin Kinley each scored to put the Beavers up 3-0. Dominic Calabrese assisted on Kinley’s goal.
Beavercreek coach John Guiliano said his team has depth and that everyone can play a role.
“You never know who is going to get hurt when, and who is going to have to step in. We get our guys as much playing time as we can and try to keep our guys fresh and concentrating on what they need to do,” he said. “Our program has really grown and gotten better every year, and the bottom line is we don’t keep anybody unless we’re going to play them. It’s not fair to a kid to sit on the bench.”
The Beavers had 20 shot attempts in the first half alone. Guiliano credited Frens for his work in the net for the Green Wave. He had 10 saves in the first half and 17 for the match.
“Their keeper played one hell of a game. He had at least eight or nine excellent saves that made a difference in the ball game,” he said. “But we had some good opportunities. I was just telling the kids that as we get deeper in the tournament, we’re going to have less and less opportunities. We’ve got to put them in while we can.”
The Beavercreek starters came back to begin the second half, except for a change in goal from Chris Cleverly to Brandon Harroff.
Jorden Morales scored with 26:19 remaining to put his team up 4-0. The starters were subbed again three minutes later.
With 15:39 left to play, Joe Jennings was tripped up in the box. Andrew Snider took the penalty kick and scored. Ryan Albers scored the final goal for Beavercreek.
Greenville had its only shot of the game in the second half.
Beavercreek hosts no. 19 West Carrollton at 7 p.m. Saturday at Beavercreek High School. Guiliano said the team is working to stay focused.
“We’ve cut back our practices to about an hour and a half, but they’re more intense to keep that edge. But we’re senior heavy. We have 13 seniors, and most of them have been in the program for four years. They know what’s required to get things done.”
Reach Zach Gregory at (937) 372-4444, Ext. 2124.
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