HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne boys soccer team closed out the regular season with a 6-0 shutout of Edgwood at noon on Saturday.
Wayne led 3-0 at halftime as senior Austin Marler had one goal and two assists in the half, all within the final 15 minutes. Marler opened the scoring on an assist from Brady Paxton. Senior Josh Miller recorded the second goal on an assist from Marler. Paxton, a senior, recorded the third goal an an assist from Marler.
“We were slow getting started,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “We had chances at the beginning, but their goalkeeper saved two or three of them. We kept pushing up and plugging away.”
In contrast to the slow start at the beginning of the game, in the second half, senior Nate Keyes scored on an assist from Daniel Brown, a junior, with only 18 seconds elapsed.
“They were excited about that because they came out right away and put one in,” said Snider.
Keyes scored his second goal of the half with an assist from Marler. Brown closed out the scoring with an assist credited to Cole Conover.
Snider cited Marler’s performance with a goal and three assists and the two goals by Keyes.
Wayne out shot Edgewood 14-2 as goalie Nate Strong recorded his seventh shutout of the season as Wayne improved to 7-7-2.
Snider said Wayne started out the season not playing very well with a loss and a tie and then seemed to be getting better every week before stringing three wins together in the middle of the season. He said near the end of the season, Wayne lost several games that they shouldn’t have lost by as much as they did, but now it seems the team “is back together again and we’re scoring goals and playing good defense.”
“I think we’ve improved from the beginning of the year until now,” he said. “They are playing well right now with a lot of energy and effort.”
Last Tuesday, Wayne fell to Centerville 3-1. Paxton scored Wayne’s only goal on an assist from sophomore Cameron Picard.
Snider said Wayne made some mistakes defensively which Centerville capitalized on. He said Wayne tried to get back into the game and had a few chances, but could never get close.
Centerville, Beavercreek and Fairmont all finished at 4-1-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division while Wayne was fourth at 2-3-0.