Glime leads the way as Key sets tone early

Going to a Key boys soccer game in September can be a real treat. With the Obezags playing on a field that fronts the Hillsmere Shores Community Beach and the South River, it is easy to get lost in tranquil thoughts.

Do that while Key is playing, however, and you might miss a goal or three.

Zach Glime had three goals and three assists while Drew Loughlin and Augie Irving added two goals apiece as the Obezags scored early and often in an 8-0 win over Beth T’filoh.

Glime wasted little time getting the ball rolling for Key (4-1), taking a pass into open space before burying a goal 90 seconds into the contest. Just over a minute later, Loughlin tallied his first of the day, a 15-yard shot into the lower left corner of the goal. Two shots, two goals. The Obezags were very efficient offensively in the first half.

“I think those opening minutes are the most important minutes of the game, because you can set the tone there,” Loughlin said. “We have done that a lot so far this season, capitalizing early, and that allows us to set the tone. It gives us a lot of confidence when we do that.”

The play slipped into more of a long-ball, low possession contest for the next 20 minutes before Key again pressed the Warriors’ back line, earning a couple corner kicks midway through the first half. Irving, a sophomore center back for Key, jogged up and found his place in the box. Glime sent in a good cross and Irving headed it home for a 3-0 advantage. Less than two minutes later, with just more than 17 to go in the first half, Irving did the same thing on a cross from the other side from Glime.

“That is the first time I have come up on corners, so I hope to come up more and score more,” Irving said.

Beth T’filoh (1-3) just did not have any answers in the back for Key’s varied attack. Loughlin took a long clear up top in the 26th minute and dribbled 15 to 20 yards before making a nice cut in front of a defender and finishing to the far left post. Seven minutes later, Glime got his second of the game to close the scoring in the opening 40 minutes. He took a pass from Loughlin and finished with another scorcher.

“It all stems from the midfield, and they are really great,” Glime said. “If they see me making runs, we almost always score.”

Glime has a nose for the goal, and he has also found a new partner in set pieces in Irving.

“He has the jumping ability of a salmon; he can jump so high,” Glime said.

The second half was a mere formality, as Beth T’filoh continued to play hard and aggressive without making any headway in Key’s defensive third. Warriors’ goalkeeper Jared Hurwitz (six saves) kept the Obezags at bay the first 20 minutes of the second half, but could not stop an own goal in the 60th minute. Glime completed his hat trick in the 67 minute to close the win.

“We are growing as a team,” Key coach Dylan Lewis said. “The whole team, when we are on, we can be threatening at any time. It is just a case of keeping that concentration and making sure we keep a high tempo all game.”

The Obezags are 4-0 in the MIAA C Conference and sit atop the Black Division, with fellow undefeated opponent Glenelg Country set to arrive Wednesday. The team is averaging more than six goals a contest, but Irving is just as happy with the team’s third clean sheet in four games.

“It was extremely important to keep them off the scoreboard,” Irving said. “It showed our character there. We were determined to keep that.”

Key 8, Beth T’filoh 0

Goals: K — Glime 3, Loughlin 2, Irving 2, Own Goal

Assists: SE — Glime 3, Loughlin

Saves: BT – Hurwitz 6; K – Smith 1, Edwards 1

Half: Key, 6-0

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