HUBER HEIGHTS — On October 3 the Wayne boys soccer team defeated Fairmont 1-0 for their first victory over the Firebirds since 2008.
During that stretch there were three ties and losses the past four years. The game was 0-0 through the first half with some stellar defense played by both squads. The Warriors had some chances but could not get good contact on their shots.
The second half was more of the same but then with 27 minutes left in the game Maronne Agha trapped a cross from Mitchell Hawley off of his chest and crushed the ball past the Firebird keeper and that would be all the scoring the Warriors would need.
The defense stopped almost every attack before a shot could get off but in the final minutes a corner kick was headed right into the goal and Simon Oberkorm tipped it off the post to preserve the shutout.
Brandon Burkey, Cameron Picard, Dustin Kmucha, Nick Riffle played outstanding soccer and as a team the Warriors were much more aggressive putting pressure on the Firebirds all night long. The return of Mitchell Hawley and Trevor Hawley really made a big difference in giving the Warriors a boost on offense.
Senior night vs Chaminade Julienne
On Saturday, October 7 the Warriors recognized their eight seniors before their game against Chaminade-Julienne. Seniors this year include Dustin Kmucha, Maronne Agha, Evan Gehret, SImon Oberkrom, Braden Kelly and tri-captains Cameron Picard, Brandon Burkey and Nate Johnson. All eight seniors started the game against Chaminade-Julienne. The seniors looked to go out with a win for their last game at Heidkamp Stadium but unfortunately this was not the case as Chaminade Julienne got off to a 2-0 lead and held on to defeat the Warriors 2-1.
Chaminade scored twice in the first half and looked to have control but immediately after their second score Nate Johnson took the ball down the middle and made a perfect pass through the seam of the C-J defense finding Chase Wynkoop who scored his first tally of the season. Jadon Scarpelli then launched a beautiful shot that missed by inches from tying the game up before halftime.
In the second half C-J looked to put the game away when a penalty kick was awarded but Senior goalkeeper Simon Oberkrom stuffed the penalty kick and the Warriors still had a chance. The Warriors put on a flurry of shot attempts but could not find the net and went down 2-1.
The Warriors will play their final game of the season this week at Springfield and then have drawn Troy for the first round of the Division I sectional tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Troy. Game time is 7 p.m.
Reach Ric Oberkrom at: firstname.lastname@example.org