By Rob Kiser
Piqua boys soccer coach Flo Loisy is making the transition from coaching the girls team the last three years.
Needless to say, it was a quick transition.
The Indians opened the season with Trotwood-Madison in a GWOC crossover game Tuesday night and rolled to an 8-1 victory on the Wertz Stadium.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Loisy said. “Given that in the pre-season we were 2-5 and giving up six goals a game, I wasn’t expecting this. I am really pleased.”
And while Trotwood has never had a strong soccer program, Loisy was taking the Rams seriously.
“I am coming over from the girls program,” Loisy said. “So, I don’t know anything about Trotwood boys program. But, we aren’t taking anyone for granted.”
As expected, Cade Lyman and Caden Jones shined on offense, scoring three goals each.
“Caden (Jones) is battling through an injury right now, so we were trying to be careful how we used him,” Loisy said. “But, there is no question they are going to be a big part of what we do and you saw that tonight.”
Piqua took a quick 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes.
It started with Jones touching the ball into the goal at the 37:00.9 mark.
Then, both Lyman and Jones scored on through balls to make it 3-0 with 33:04.5 to go in the first half.
Lyman added a goal off a steal with 1:55.5 to go before half to make it 4-0.
“Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty for both of those guys to work on,” Loisy said. “There were a lot of opportunities missed out there tonight, which is something we will work on.”
Trotwood scored off a Jazz Harris-McDavid goal with 35:03.9 to go in the game to make it 4-1.
But, Piqua answered with the final four goals of the game.
“That is one of the things we talked about at halftime,” Loisy said. “We talked about it being 0-0. So, we looked at it as being down 1-0. It was good to see the way we responded.”
Jarred Gullett followed two deflections of Lyman shots for a goal at the 29:49 mark and freshman Colin Baugh added a goal off a deflection of Jones’ shot with 28:28.2 to go in the game.
“Colin (Baugh) is going to be a staple for our JV team and with no JV game tonight, we were able to get some of those guys action,” Loisy said. “I think he scored 40 seconds after he got in the game, which was pretty impressive.”
When Jones scored with 27:27 to go, it made it 7-1 and kicked in the new OHSAA running clock rule when there is a six-goal differential.
Lyman added the final goal on another steal.
Piqua oushot Trotwood 23-7 and Wesley Ford had six saves for the Indians.
“What you saw tonight, we haven’t seen all summer,” Loisy said. “The offense, we saw, it is what we have been preaching.”
And Piqua will look to continue it Thursday, when the Indians travel to Urbana for a 6 p.m. game.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.