NEW PARIS — Visiting Preble Shawnee shut out the National Trail boys soccer team, 8-0, on Monday, Sept. 26.
Cameron Neal opened the scoreing just nine minutes in to the game. A minute later, Shawnee scored a second goal from John Williams with an assist by junior Luke Feck.
The Arrows didn’t let up from there as they scored two more goals in two minutes by Neal, with another assist from Feck assist, and by Williams. Up 4-0, Shawnee’s Cody Clevenger scored at the 24 minute mark.
As the clock wound down in the first half, Preble Shawnee added a pair of goals from Feck and from Dwight Wilt, who was assisted by Kage Worley. The Arrows were up 7-0 at the halftime.
The second half proved to be different, despite Trail allowing another goal 13 minutes in when Williams scored his second goal with an assist from Feck’s corner kick, his second of the night.
NT goalkeeper Andrew Willett had 15 saves on goal , while Clayton Cruze had 8.
“The boys played a awesome game and should have come off the field knowing they played their hearts out,” said NT coach Mariah Brinley said. “We had six shots on goal, an awesome improvement.”
PS out-shot NT 22-6. Austin Fields of Shawnee had five saves and his first shutout.
“We came into this game pretty confident and we played well tonight, passing like a team,” said Shawnee coach Jeff Clevenger. “The second half of the game I told the boys we were going to show good sportsmanship and not continue to run up the score. We were to work on possession, and work on getting Fields a shutout. We also were able to get some of the boys that don’t get as much play time more time out on the field tonight.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Arrows hosted the Dixie Greyhounds in a Southwestern Buckeye League division match-up. Despite a tough struggle, Dixie edged Shawnee, 2-1.
Dixie scored the first goal in the first three minutes of the game on a throw-in from Joe Cashman. Shawnee and Dixie evenly matched up in attacking the goals, both taking six shots in the first half. Dixie was up at halftime, 1-0.
But 20 minutes into the second half, Dixie fouled Shawnee in the box which resulted in a penalty kick for the Arrows. Feck took advantage the opportunity and scored ot even the score
With only eight minutes left in the game, Cashman again took a throw-in for Dixie and the Greyhounds scored with it, putting them up 2-1.
Preble Shawnee had three more shots to try and catch up, but the Arrows couldn’t come up with another goa. Shawnee goalie Fields added 13 more saves to his total.
“We came into this game after three straight wins and we were really hoping to make it four,” said Clevenger. “I believe this was one of our best games so far, and the teams were evenly matched. We just had trouble getting it in the net tonight. We look forward to our rematch in October.”
Shawnee currently holds a 5-6 overall record, and 3-3 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division. The Arrows’ next game was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, at Waynesville.
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