HUBER HEIGHTS — On a cold and wet Senior Night, the Wayne boys soccer team battled once-beaten Butler to a 1-1 halftime deadlock, but an early second half Butler goal proved to be the difference in the 2-1 Wayne loss. Steve Doring, a former Wayne player, guided his Butler squad to an 11-1-0 mark, while the Warriors fell to 6-4-2.
Butler’s Jack Spoltman scored his eighth goal of the season on a corner kick with 23 minutes left in the half. Wayne Coach Dennis Snider said the Warriors “failed to mark him” and the ball came right to him and he headed the ball in.
Wayne evened the score with nine minutes remaining in the half. On a corner kick, Butler pushed a Wayne player down in the box as he was getting ready to head the ball. Senior midfielder Josh Miller then converted the penalty kick from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the season.
Both Wayne and Butler took four shots in the first half which Snider said was played “pretty well.”
“It was a fast paced game; it was very aggressive,” said Snider.
Butler’s Brandon Critz recorded the winning goal just two minutes into the second half from six yards on a cross.
“I thought we’d come out a little better,” said Snider. “We came out a little flat; they sort of controlled the first few minutes and the next thing you know, they put one in.”
Snider said that in the middle of the half, Wayne picked up the intensity. He said he thought Wayne was going to score towards the end of the game as “we had it in our end a lot.”
‘The ball just didn’t take the right bounce or didn’t take the right roll,” said Snider. “We had a couple of times where we had chances.”
In the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division, Fairmont is first with a 3-0 record while Beavercreek, Centerville and Wayne are tied for second at 2-1. Wayne hosts Fairmont at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Troy at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday. The Warriors will travel to Centerville at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
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