Eaton, Monroe play to 1-1 draw

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

EATON — After a loss to league-leading Monroe in early September, the Eaton boys’ soccer team has played five straight matches without a loss, including a 1-1 tie with the Hornets last week. Eaton is now 6-2-2 on the season – 3-2-2 in the Southwestern Division of the SWBL.

The Eagles are 3-0-2 in their last five games, including consecutive wins over Greenville, Brookville and Valley View. The pair of ties were to Oakwood and Monroe.

Eaton dominated Greenville in a non-league matchup on Sept. 9, 6-1. Goals were scored by four different players, including James Howard with three goals. Tucker Wilt, Evan Mitchell and Grant Sullender also found the net. Eaton’s defense also did its job, holding the Green Wave scoreless until late in the second half.

Eaton handled Brookville in much the same manner, defeating the Blue Devils 5-1. Howard had another multiple goal game, scoring two goals in the first half, to give Eaton a 2-0 advantage.

In the second half, Sullender scored a pair of goals, this time with assists from Howard. Nate Gard capped of the scoring for the Eagles with a penalty kick goal.

Scoring from both teams was held to a minimum when Eaton traveled to Valley View on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Both teams were held without a goal until the final minute of play. Howard scored the game winner with 55 seconds remaining, off of an assist from Gard.

On the following Thursday, Eaton handed Monroe its lone blemish in SWBL play. The Eagles played the Hornets to a 1-1 tie. Both teams scored goals in the first half, including an Eaton goal from Sullender, assist to Caleb Caplinger. The defenses took over the game in the second half as the 1-1 score became the final.

The boys’ squad will host Oakwood on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and then travel to Brookville on Saturday.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald