VANDALIA — Butler and Wayne played a hard-fought boys soccer match Saturday night with plenty of action and excellent performances by both teams, but when the buzzer sounded the final result was a 2-2 tie.
Butler’s record now stands at 6-4-2 while Wayne is 2-6-2.
The Aviator’s took a 1-0 lead at 22:17 of the first half on a goal by Parker Jensen. Wayne countered with a goal less than 20 seconds later by Maronne Agha to tie the match 1-1 at 21:59.
Butler goalkeeper Hunter McCracken, the normal starter, took over the keeper duties with 19:07 remaining in the first half. The reason he didn’t start in goal was not disclosed, but his experience was much needed against a Wayne team that played an aggressive match and made several runs on goal.
The Aviators took a 2-1 lead on Jensen’s second goal of the evening with 13:51 remaining in the first half.
Wayne senior striker / midfielder Daniel Brown tied the match 2-2 with 2:31 remaining in the first half.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second half, but Wayne had two opportunities that just missed the mark. McCracken came out to block both shots, but the Warriors managed to get the ball past him and both times the ball rolled just wide right of goal.
Despite having only two victories under its belt, Wayne played more like a team with a winning record. The Warriors fell victim to a couple of offside calls that seemed suspect at best, but those can be expected in any match.
“It was a little hectic and chaotic at times, but high school soccer is not always pretty. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with it,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “We’ve gotten a lot of effort out of our players so far this year. I will never condemn them for not having effort. If they just come out and give us this kind of effort we will be OK. Daniel Brown did a heck of a job tonight. He was hustling all over the place. He tried to beat them on that offside trap . He got behind them a lot of times but we just didn’t put it in when slotted it through. Those offside calls are a referee decision but you’ve just got to play. The kids didn’t argue like the coaches do. We argued and they just played.”
Saturday’s tie was a step better than the Aviators’ recent 4-0 loss at the hands of Northmont, a defeat Coach Scott Lutz attributed to his team being rusty after a few matches were postponed due to bad weather.
“Our team is coming off a rough two weeks, so they came back and played real well,” Lutz said. “We’ve had a few injuries and the weather got to us with a lot of cancellations. The loss to Northmont came off a rain delay, so what can you say? We were in a real good streak but having a couple of weeks off because of rain we didn’t come to win that game. I am happy with our effort tonight.”
Tuesday the Aviators will host Sidney and hosts Xenia on Saturday before traveling to Tipp City on October 11.
Wayne travels to Fairmont on Tuesday and to Chaminade-Julienne on Thursday before returning home to host Springfield on October 11.
Chris Mitrousis tries to maneuver the ball past a trio of Wayne defenders.
Francisco Jiminez tries to move the ball up the sideline past Wayne defender Braden Kelly.
Zane Burgmeier tries to get the ball into scoring position as Waynes’ Chavez Lyons, Jr. applies defensive pressure.
Terrance Engle fights his way past Wayne’s Evan Gehret.
Drew Sacks (left) and Parker Jensen put the heat on Wayne’s Maronne Agha.
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