BOYS SOCCER: Improved Dragons tie region leader
BRADFORD – Warren’s boys soccer team has improved, and it was never more apparent than Wednesday’s 3-3 tie in a Region 4 game at undefeated-in-region Bradford.
This, after Warren was shut out, 5-0, to Bradford earlier this season in Warren during an 0-7 start to the season.
“We’ve been working on our fundamentals, and gotten a lot better on our fundamentals,” said Warren coach Tom Harrington, whose Dragons are now 2-2-1 in region after two wins and a tie in their last three games.
In a “hard-fought game, both ways,” said Harrington, Warren’s Quinn Boger scored first 2 1/2 minutes in off a nice pass from the outside right by Simon Smith.
There was no more scoring in the half, thanks to “some amazing saves” by Warren goalie Clark Eason, said Harrington. “Their defense was very good,” he said of Bradford (8-3-1 overall and 4-0-1 in region). “We may have had control 60-40, but no more than that.”
Bradford opened the second half strong and converted just two minutes in, but Boger scored his second of all three Warren goals off another pass from Smith to make it 2-1 Warren.
Bradford scored twice to make it 3-2, but Warren battled back and tied the game with 19 minutes left.
Boger got the hat trick off a long ball from Max Gross.
From there, and into two overtimes, “both teams had some shots on goal,” said Harrington. “Clark again made some really nice saves. Our defense was top notch… from all 11 players.”
Bradford would have three or four free kicks from just outside the box, “two of them were real breathtakers,” said Harrington.
And Warren had one controversial free kick in which Harrington contended Bradford should have been penalized for being too close, but it wasn’t called.
“This match showed we’re getting better every match, working hard, and coming together as a team,” he said. “At the beginning of the year we may have been more individually-based – that’s not the case anymore. I’ve had to make some adjustments and hard decisions and the answer has always been to do whatever is best for the team.”
With Bradford playing in the District 9 playoffs, Warren has re-opened its opportunity to make the District 10 playoffs in recent games, and will host Saegertown in a key region match-up on Tuesday.
Fairview 6, Eisenhower 0
FAIRVIEW-The Eisenhower Knights allowed five goals in the first half of Wednesday’s Region 3 match against Fairview, falling to the Tigers by a final of 6-0.
“I’ll call it the tale of two halves,” said Eisenhower coach Matt Decker. “They really brought it to us early in the game. In the second half we settled down and started playing like the team we’ve shown we can be, but for some reason we keep coming out very flat.”
Fairview’s only goal in the second half was an own goal on the Knights after some miscommunication on the defensive end.
Eisenhower is now 3-4-1 on the year, and will look to rebound at Oil City on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Oilers 3-1 in the first meeting between the two teams on September 14.
“We still need to figure out how to play a complete game to stay with the good teams,” added Decker. “We’re a little inconsistent, but with a young team that’s to be expected.”