TIPP CITY — The Wayne boys soccer team handed host Tippecanoe its first loss of the season 2-1 Saturday night.
“It was a good win because they had come in undefeated,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “They had beaten one of our rivals, Vandalia-Butler (1-0 on Aug. 29), so that was their (Butler’s) only loss. We knew we’d have to play well to win and the kids played well.”
Wayne led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal by Turner. Wayne had what Snider called a “nice cross” from Cameron Picard to Michael Turner. When Turner brought the ball down, the defender touched it, but misplayed it and Turner got the rebound and dribbled past the defender and placed the ball in the net from seven yards halfway through the half.
Snider said that in the first half, Tipp City had gotten a lot of throw-ins and corner kicks on their attacking third.
“We needed to not give them so many opportunities in their attacking third on their set play,” he said.
Wayne took a 2-0 lead in the second half on a goal by Austin Marler on an assist from Turner. Turner sent the ball towards Marler and the ball bounced off a defender. Marler got the rebound and took the ball across to the middle of the field and scored. Snider described it as a “rocket into the back of the net which the keeper never saw until it got to him.”
“It was an absolutely great shot,” said Snider.
Tipp recorded its only goal on a penalty kick late in the contest.
“It was a good effort,” said Snider of the victory which upped Wayne’s record to 5-3-2. “We seem to be getting better every week and as long as they keep improving and giving a straight effort like they have, they will be successful.”
Snider also said that the defense along with the goalkeeper “played extremely well.”
Wayne host Springfield at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Butler at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Reach Greg Smart at 684-8088.