HUBER HEIGHTS — Troy scored a pair of goals, literally one week apart, to score a 2-0 boys soccer victory over Wayne on a game completed on two consecutive Saturdays.
With the victory Troy improved to 3-0-0 while Wayne fell to 0-1-0.
Last Saturday evening a thunderstorm postponed play with 30:21 remaining in the first half. Prior to the suspension of play Troy’s Reese Sherman scored eight minutes into the match to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
This Saturday another thunderstorm with violent winds swept through the area but ended in time for resumption of the game at 4:45 p.m. The storm brought down some tree branches in the Huber area and soaked the field. After that the sun returned making playing conditions hot and humid.
The first half ended with Troy still clinging to a 1-0 advantage with both teams fighting hard to establish control. Both teams made runs at the goal but neither could find the back of the net until 3:52 remained. Senior forward Grant Holland scored to boost the Trojans’ lead to 2-0 to ice the victory.
“Both teams played hard and both teams wanted it, we really didn’t out-finesse anyone,” said Troy Coach Richard Phillips. “Both teams played hard. We got the goals and they didn’t. We got scoring chances and took advantage of it but both teams played hard for it.”
Wayne was not without its chances to score. With 12:25 left in the match a Wayne shot deflected off the left post and went out of play. With just over five minutes remaining a shot nearly went into the net but a defender swept in and cleared the ball out to avert another potential Warriors score. Other potential scores sailed over the goal at various points in the contest. Overall the Warriors played well despite the loss.
“We had one shot where the ball was rolling into the goal and the defender came over and kicked it out, so yeah we had a couple of chances,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “All you can do is create opportunities and hope that you can finish them. That’s soccer. Sometimes it is a fair game. With the two teams playing like that it might have been a tie game. We had to move people up to try to score a goal but when we did we made a mistake at the back and that cost us another goal.”
Tuesday the Warriors travel to Lebanon and on Thursday play Centerville at Magsig Middle School on State Route 725.
Midfielder Cameron Picard races to get the ball into scoring position against Troy.
Striker Daniel Brown fights hard to fend off a Troy player in an effort to keep the ball in bounds.
Mitchell Hawley prepares to kick the ball away from the sideline and into scoring position.
Evan Gehret leaps into the air to impede a Troy player’s pass.
Mitchell Hawley hits a header to direct the ball towards the Troy goal.
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