Warriors give Elks all they can handle


HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne boys soccer team recorded its second straight shutout August 29 against the Lebanon Warriors but in the process were unable to score themselves settling for a 0-0 tie.

Both Lebanon’s keeper Titus Moore and Wayne’s keeper Simon Oberkrom played well with each recording their second shutout of the season. The Wayne defensive effort was led as always by senior Brandon Burkey with seniors Evan Gehret, Braden Kelly, and junior Nick Riffle also doing an outstanding job in keeping the Lebanon team from scoring.

The effort was quite an improvement from last year when Lebanon defeated Wayne 2-0. With this tie the Warriors remained undefeated on the season with a 2-0-1 record and continue to improve each game.

Last Thursday the Wayne players, coaches, and fans had one thing on their mind and that was to “Beat the Elks.” Unfortunately it was not to be as the Warriors suffered their first loss of the season in a very hotly contested match 2-1 to the Centerville Elks.

The Elks scored first just 15 minutes into the game ending a two game shutout streak by the Warrior defense. The Warriors then struck back with 10 minutes to go in the first half as senior Nathan Johnson raced to a deflected ball, sprinted by his nearest defender and beat the keeper to score for the fourth time this season.

The game remained tied until halftime and the crowd could feel an upset in the making. With 25 minutes left in the second half the Elks regained the lead for good on a score from a corner kick. The Warriors continued to battle for the remainder of this very physical contest and came close to scoring again but could not again find the net.

The Warriors are now 2-1-1 and Centerville is 4-0-1. In speaking to the Warrior players after the game they were disappointed in the loss but feel they could beat Centerville if they get another shot in the State tournament.

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Nathan Johnson of Wayne (right) battling Centerville’s Keagan Devoe for control.
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/09/web1_Johnson_Devoe.jpgNathan Johnson of Wayne (right) battling Centerville’s Keagan Devoe for control. Photos by Ric Oberkrom

Chase Wynkoop (right) running down the ball with Centerville player Adam George (5) defending.
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/09/web1_ChaseWynkoop.jpgChase Wynkoop (right) running down the ball with Centerville player Adam George (5) defending. Photos by Ric Oberkrom

Lebanon keeper Titus Moore makes a diving save as teammates Lukas Lindberg and Cole Leverage look on.
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/09/web1_TitusMoore.jpgLebanon keeper Titus Moore makes a diving save as teammates Lukas Lindberg and Cole Leverage look on. Photos by Ric Oberkrom

Wayne keeper Simon Oberkrom goes high to preserve the shutout against Lebanon as Brandon Burkey (13), Maronne Agha (17), Jadan Scarpelli (5), and Braden Kelly (11) look on.
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/09/web1_SimonOberkrom.jpgWayne keeper Simon Oberkrom goes high to preserve the shutout against Lebanon as Brandon Burkey (13), Maronne Agha (17), Jadan Scarpelli (5), and Braden Kelly (11) look on. Photos by Ric Oberkrom

Wayne fans line the railing ready to see the Warriors defeat the Elks.
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/09/web1_Wayne_fans.jpgWayne fans line the railing ready to see the Warriors defeat the Elks. Photos by Ric Oberkrom

By Ric Oberkrom

Contributing Writer