BOYS SOCCER: Warren, Ike stopped by tough region opponents

Warren’s region opener didn’t go as planned, as the Dragons fell to Bradford, 5-0, on Monday night at War Memorial Field.

The Dragons now have a record of 0-5, and travel to Saegertown, the favorite to win their region, on Wednesday.

Throughout the first half, there were few chances for either team, but the Owls found the back of the net with just 3:12 remaining when a ball deflected of Dragon goalkeeper Clark Eason’s hands and into the goal.

Warren had a few early chances in the second half, but were unable to get the ball across the goal line, and the Owls would eventually blow the game open. A deflection off of a Bradford free kick led to the second goal, and a breakaway minutes later made the score 3-0.

Bradford sealed the deal when they snuck a fourth goal inside the near post with just under 10 minutes remaining.

The Dragons played out the final minutes as a team that was clearly frustrated, which eventually led to a penalty kick and the Owls final goal.

“I’m not unhappy with the effort,” Warren coach Tom Harrington said. “They worked hard. Of course we’re unhappy with the results. Our whole team is discouraged by our 0-5 record, but there are better things to come. Some of the guys lost their temper at the end because they wanted to win. Obviously, when that happens we have to pull them aside, but I’d rather see them lose their temper a little bit than to not care at all.”

Fairview 3, Eisenhower 0

Eisenhower got down early and fell in its Region 3 opener, 3-0 to visiting Fairview.

“Their first goal was on a penalty kick 20 minutes into the first half, and then they scored two more right away within the next five minutes,” said Eisenhower coach Matt Decker. “We kind of broke down there for about five minutes and they took it to us.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the region, as Ike hosts Mercyhurst Prep at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“Other than those five minutes, we held strong,” said Decker.But playing one good half isn’t going to make it.”

Casey Vincent finished with seven saves in goal for Ike, but the first score was on a penalty kick and the second off a deflection off the post. Mercyhurst outshot the Knights, 14-2.

“Michael Spencer really stepped up, and won a lot of head balls in the air,” said Decker. “He’s really stepped up for us.”

Alex Johnson also played well for Ike in goal, with four saves, and the Knights did not allow a second-half goal.