MIAMISBURG — The Wayne soccer team traveled to Miamisburg Saturday and shut out the hosts 5-0 to improve their record to 1-1-1. The Warriors had not previously scored a goal in a 3-0 loss to Xenia and a scoreless deadlock with Fairborn.
“We finally scored some goals,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider.
When a team hasn’t been scoring goals, sometimes they take a goal any way they can get it. That’s just what happened to account for Wayne’s 1-0 lead at halftime. About 10 minutes into the contest, midfielder Michael Turner crossed the ball from the side which hit off a defender and went under the goal keeper.
At halftime, Snider told the squad to keep “putting the opportunities up there” as they had been knocking (with five shots), but the “door hadn’t opened yet.”
And finish, they did, scoring four second half goals —two by Austin Marler and two by Josh Miller.
Marler put the ball in the middle of the field and put a nice, hard shot into the upper left corner (near post), according to Snider. The assist was credited to Trey Williams.
Josh Miller scored from 15 yards out and one-touched the ball into the back of the net on an assist from Marler.
Marler put Wayne up 4-0 after what Snider called a “great assist” from Williams all the way across the field to Marler who hit the ball off of his chest and the ball went up and when the keeper came out, he headed the ball over the keeper.
Miller closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal. The ball was loose in the box and Miller hit the ball into the post and hit the keeper before going into the goal.
Wayne finished the game with 14 shots while Miamisburg had three. Keeper Nate Strong played 75 percent of the game and was credited with the shutout and three saves. Simon Oberkrom had one additional save. He also indicated that the “defense played well as usual.”
Snider said Wayne played well in the second half as the biggest improvement came in scoring. Snider said that Wayne kept possession for long periods of time and “moved the ball well.”
“We had opportunities in the second half where we finished and that made all of the difference in the world, once we got to scoring goals, it became fun for them,” said Snider. “They were having fun.”
Wayne is slated to travel to Greenville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and to Lebanon at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Saturday, the team hosts Edgewood at 7 p.m.
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