Aviators rout Tecumseh 9-0


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



Brandon Critz hits a header as teammates Ian Grove (14) and Ben Naas (16) look on during Butler’s win over Tecumseh on Saturday.


Photos by Christine Grossman

Zach Burgmeier and Ben Naas go up for a header.


Photos by Christine Grossman

Ian Grove battles an arrow for possession of the ball.


Photos by Christine Grossman

Matt Parker tracks down the ball.


Photos by Christine Grossman

VANDALIA — Tecumseh has been a thorn in the side of Butler soccer for the past two seasons. Last year, the Arrows ended the Aviators’ 11-game winning streak, and in 2013 Butler fell to the Arrows in overtime in the sectional championship game.

On Saturday, Butler left nothing to chance as they pounced on the Arrows in a 9-0 rout.

“Today was another step in the right direction,” said Butler head coach Steve Doring. “Tecumseh has been one of our chief rivals over the past few years, and we usually have great match-ups. Today we wanted to come in and send a message and it looks like we did.”

Seven different Aviators scored with Ben Naas scoring twice, Jack Spoltman scoring twice and earning an assist, and solo goals by Zach Burgmeier, Terrance Engle, Andrew Sprouse, Tyler Sutter, and Nathan Weber. Burgmeier and Weber contributed three assists each with Hunter McCracken getting one.

Doring was happy that his team rebounded from a loss to Tipp City last week, their first of the season.

“The last three games we have been 19 goals for and one against, and I’d say that is a decent response,” he said. We knew we didn’t play our best against Tipp City and we have been out to right that wrong ever since.”

The team defeated Miamisburg 5-1 last Thursday. Scoring for the Aviators were Jack Spoltman with two, Zach Burgmeier, Terrance Engle and Tyler Sutter with one each.

Doring said the team is rounding into shape as it nears mid-season.

“We had some injuries early but we are starting to get back healthy,” said Doring. “We got Nathan Weber back tonight and he had a goal and three assists. He’s a great, creative player which kind of fueled the team. We are looking good, staying fit, and face a tough schedule this week with Xenia and Northmont. GWOC cross over games are always tough and we expect physical battles.”

Brandon Critz hits a header as teammates Ian Grove (14) and Ben Naas (16) look on during Butler’s win over Tecumseh on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Brandon-Critz.jpgBrandon Critz hits a header as teammates Ian Grove (14) and Ben Naas (16) look on during Butler’s win over Tecumseh on Saturday. Photos by Christine Grossman

Zach Burgmeier and Ben Naas go up for a header.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Burgmeiere-Ben-Naas.jpgZach Burgmeier and Ben Naas go up for a header. Photos by Christine Grossman

Ian Grove battles an arrow for possession of the ball.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Ian-Grove.jpgIan Grove battles an arrow for possession of the ball. Photos by Christine Grossman

Matt Parker tracks down the ball.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Matt-Parker.jpgMatt Parker tracks down the ball. Photos by Christine Grossman

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Zach-Burgmeier.jpgPhotos by Christine Grossman

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

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