NEW PARIS — The National Trail boys soccer team played two home games earlier this week, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, against Twin Valley South and on Monday, Oct. 10, against Stivers.
The Blazers lost to South, 11-1, and were defeated by Stivers, 4-0.
The good news is that Trail’s first goal of the season finally occurred in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers. Zach Allen was able to make the goal in the first half of the game.
“Allen had a beautiful shot on goal,” said Trail coach Mariah Brinley. “Twin Valley came on strong, but the boys never backed off. This was the second time we played South and like I’ve said previously, regardless of the score, the boys played a good game”
“But there’s definitely room for improvement.”
Willett had 19 saves on goal against the Panthers.
For South, Zach Guehring had two goals, Jacob Wells had two goals and two assists, Bryant Marker had two goals, Daniel Page had a goal and assist, Jesse Woods had two goals and an assist, Jacob Denlinger and Jimmy Mullins each had one goal, and Grant Collins, Travis Lovely, Aaron Clark, and Ian Kurts each had an assist.
In the 4-0 loss to Stivers, junior goalkeeper Andrew Willett managed to make 15 saves on goal.
“Our season is coming to an end and I can truly say we have worked to be where we are currently,” Brinley said.
“Harrist had two wonderful shots on goal. Zach Page also had a shot on goal. We have a new set up that is really coming together for us and I can’t wait to use it in our future.”
Monday was also Senior Night for four dedicated seniors: Allen, Levi Moreland, Harrist, and Clayton Cruze.
The Blazers’ final match of the regular season was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at Tri-County North. The Blazers are scheduled to begin post season play on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Division III Dayton 5 sectional tournament against No. 6 seed Bethel.
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