BOYS SOCCER: Warren, Ike win region games
OIL CITY – Playing through bumps and bruises, Warren continued to strengthen its playoff hopes with a 3-1 Region 4 win at Oil City on Thursday.
“We were a little banged up,” said Warren coach tom Harrington, whose Dragons are 4-7-1 overall after starting the season 0-7.
Quinn Boger only played 20 minutes, but “he did make those 20 minutes count,” said Harrington.
Boger scored twice in the first half to give Warren a 2-0 halftime lead. He scored first with 10 minutes to go in the half, and then again with two minutes remaining. He was assisted by Tristan Boger and Ryan Gustafson.
A Mitch Dorunda pass gave Bryce Bauer his first goal of the season in the second half, for a 3-0 lead.
“I went to my bench once we got up 3-0,” said Harrington.
Oil City (2-10, 0-5 in Region 4) scored with seven minutes left in the game on a penalty kick.
“They had a couple other opportunities,” said Harrington. “It wasn’t as dominant as it has been in the past. We looked a little off tonight.
“We got a little bit of rest for some of those guys,” he said. “I was happy to get out with the win, and it wasn’t anything due to lack of effort. It puts us in good shape for the playoffs.”
Warren has won the region title all four years with Harrington as head coach, but making the playoffs is a bit easier given that first-place Bradford is out of District 9. Warren is 4-2-1 and in second place in the region to undefeated Bradford, and hosts Corry in a region match on Wednesday.
Eisenhower 2, Iroquois 0
The Eisenhower Knights picked up their second Region 3 win of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Iroquois Braves Thursday at Eisenhower High School. The Knights are now 5-7-1 overall and 2-5-1 in Region 3.
“Any win is a good win,” said Knights coach Matt Decker. “I’m really proud of the guys, today was a total team effort. This was a good bounce back from the Mercyhurst Prep game.”
Sophomore Grant Venman notched his first goal of the season on a corner kick from Noah VanHouten 27 minutes in, and Venman assisted a Josh Eernisse goal in the second half to give Ike a 2-0 advantage.
Two was more than enough for goalkeeper Alex Johnson, who saw just six shots and made all six saves to earn the shutout.
Eisenhower will return to action on Monday, travelling to Seneca for another region match. The Knights and Bobcats battled to a 0-0 tie in their first meeting of the season on September 26.