CENTERVILLE — After three games the Wayne boys soccer team is still in search of its first goal of the season.
The Warriors still haven’t been able to find the back of the net falling to undefeated Troy (4-0-0), Lebanon (2-2-0) and Thursday night to Centerville (5-0-0) all by the identical score of 2-0.
The mystery for Wayne has been trying to find the right position for the right players to spark the offense.
“We changed some people around and changed our formation around a little bit to try and get more shots on goal and more opportunities, but Centerville is tough and has a good defense,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “It’s not going to be easy to score against them because they have a good goalkeeper.”
It wasn’t that the Warriors failed to generate scoring chances. In the first half a shot on goal went straight to Elks’ keeper Jonathan Huelsman. In the second half Wayne began slicing through the middle of Centerville’s defense and made several runs on goal but couldn’t finish. A shot with 20:26 remaining was a strong kick that just missed the mark barely clearing the goal’s crossbar. The Elks seemed to counter each threat by working the ball back into Wayne territory with adept passes and fine footwork to pressure the Warriors’ goal.
“In the first half we had one where our player was about three yards from the keeper and hit it right to him,” Snider noted. “That shot goes in and it makes it a 1-1 game and who knows after that.”
Centerville scored 5:48 into the match on a goal by Sam Mughrabi to take a 1-0 lead. The Elks scored early in the second half as well on a goal 3:38 after the half by Matthew Scarpino. Wayne fought hard the entire game but just couldn’t cash in on its chances.
“We’ve played some tough teams so far, but we will get better. We are getting better already. We had some people that played really good tonight, so we just need to pick a few more people up and we will be OK,” Snider added.
Wayne Boys Soccer 2016 Schedule
Sept. 8 7:15 p.m. Northmont
Sept. 13 7:15 pl.m. @ Springboro
Sept. 15 7 p.m. @ Carroll
Sept. 17 2 p.m. @ Trotwood-Madison
Sept. 20 7:15 p.m. Miamisburg
Sept .27 7:15 p.m. Beavercreek
Oct. 1 8 p.m. @ Butler
Oct. 4 7:15 p.m. @ Fairmont
Oct. 6 7 p.m. @ Chaminade-Julienne
Oct. 11 7:15 p.m Springfield
Oct. 13 6:30 p.m. Dunbar
Oct. 15 3 p.m. Tippecanoe
Striker Daniel Brown fends off Elks’ midfielder Dylan Myers during first half action at Centerville’s Legacy Field.
Defender Brandon Burkey about to clear the ball away from the Wayne goal.
Midfielder Mitchell Hawley applies defensive pressure.
Striker Maronne Agha tries to out-race Elks defender Kayin Tennon to the ball.
Wayne goalkeeper Simon Oberkrom races to make a save as Centerville’s Austin Rojos (4) closes in.
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind