GREENVILLE — After the Warriors were held scoreless in their first two outings of the season, they have exploded for 15 goals in the last two games. After shutting out Miamisburg 5-0 on Sept. 29, the Warriors doubled that output to crush host Greenville Tuesday night, 10-1, improving to 2-1-1 while Greenville fell to 2-2-0.
The Warriors led 2-0 at halftime, holding a 10-1 shot advantage. Austin Marler scored the first goal on an assist from Brady Paxton with 12 minutes elapsed. Paxton closed out the first half scoring with an assist credited to Michael Turner.
At halftime, Snider told his squad that the passes needed to be a “little more crisp” even though they were doing pretty good and getting into the final third.
“I think the second half, we picked our passing up quite a bit,” said Snider.
Senior striker Nate Keyes picked up a hat trick early in the second half scoring three of Wayne’s first four goals in the half. He started the scoring barrage three minutes into the half on an assist from Marler. His next goal was unassisted to give the Warriors a 4-0 advantage before Greenville scored its only goal on a corner kick with 30 minutes elapsed.
Turner then scored on an assist from Nate Johnson. Keyes completed his hat trick with an assist from Joe Miller to put the Warriors up 6-1.
Senior midfielder Quincy Cross scored on an assist from sophomore Garrett Russell. Paxton scored on an assist from junior midfielder Cole Conover.
Turner put the Warriors up 9-1 with an assist from freshman Mitchell Hawley. Marler closed out the scoring on an assist from Daniel Brown, a junior defender/midfielder.
Snider said Wayne had been dominating possession-wise in the first half, but after cleaning up the passing in the final third, the multitude of scoring followed. He said Keyes played well as a defender in the first half and then started as a striker in the second half, scoring the three quick goals.
Marler and Turner, both outside midfielders, each had two goals. Snider said both did a good job of scoring from the outside and noted that Marler can score a lot of goals for Wayne this year.
Snider said the defense played well, but needs to work on defending corner kicks.
Snider said this type of game gives the Warriors “a lot of confidence” and that the players were “excited and happy.” He said Thursday’s 7 p.m. game at Lebanon will be a tough game as 2-0-1 Lebanon is a good team.