HUBER HEIGHTS — In the home opener Saturday night for the Wayne boys soccer team, the squad did not play as well as Wayne head coach Dennis Snider had hoped as his team fell 3-0 to Xenia after trailing 2-0 at half.
Snider was somewhat frustrated by the Warrior play in the first half.
“I thought we would be playing much better than what we did, but we came out a little flat,” said Snider.
Two of Xenia’s goals in the game came on corner kicks on set plays.
“We just have to get better at the corner kicks defensively and the set play and we haven’t really had time to work on that,” said Snider.
Wayne mustered four shots on goal.
“We didn’t have a lot of shots, but we did have some opportunities in the second half, especially,” said Snider. “We played much better, but we couldn’t finish any of the shots.”
Wayne goalies had four saves, evenly split between Nate Strong in the first half and Simon Oberkrom in the second half.
“Neither team was getting a lot of shots,” said Snider. “On their free kicks, they just scored. Basically, they had two shots and made both of them.”
Snider said that Wayne’s run of play was positive in the second half and noted that the squad played much better in the second half.
Wayne is slated to host Fairborn at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Miamisburg at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Wayne travels to Greeenville at 7 p.m.
“We’ve got to come out strong had hard — fast, and do the things that we did in the second half instead of the first half,” said Snider. “We’ve got to correct our mistakes on free kicks and set plays.”
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