HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne boys soccer team blanked Springfield 2-0 at home Tuesday night to improve to 2-1-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division and to 6-3-2 overall.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead at halftime. Midfielder Brady Paxton was at midfield and passed the ball to Nate Keyes who ran unto the ball and pushed it into the net from 18-yards out with 27 minutes left in the half.
Wayne Coach Dennis Snider said Keyes did a good job of being a target player.
Snider said Wayne played pretty good, but noted that Wayne’s center midfielders were unable to dominate in the middle, which they straightened out for the second half.
“We had a few opportunities that we didn’t score on,” he added. “Otherwise, we could have had one or two more, but Springfield was a good team. They came in and they played very well.”
In the second half, Paxton scored on an assist from Michael Turner. Turner had taken a shot on goal which the keeper misplayed and pushed the ball out, but Paxton picked up the rebound and scored from four-yards out with 5:28 left in the game.
“In the second half, we did better in midfield and we had numerous chances to score a goal…; we didn’t finish very well,” said Snider.”
Wayne out shot Springfield 16-2. Wayne goalie Nate Strong recorded two saves, the sixth game in which he has not given up a goal this season. Snider said Strong is playing well and in the last four games he is doing well with the defense directing them in addition to protecting the goal.
Wayne hosts 10-1-0 Butler on Senior Night at 7 p.m. Saturday night. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Wayne hosts 7-2-2 Fairmont at 7:15 p.m.
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