Blue Lions fall to Warren in District semis


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@civitasmedia.com



Washington junior Jack Luebbe (11) looks to settle the ball while defended by Warren junior Matt Dugan during a Division II District semifinal match at Logan High School Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Also pictured for Washington is junior Jordan Behm.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

LOGAN — The Washington Blue Lions made the trip over to Logan High School Wednesday for a Division II District semifinal match against the Warren Warriors.

Warren won the game, 1-0.

In the first half, the game was played to a scoreless 0-0 tie.

The winning goal came with 31:55 to play in the second half by freshman Ethan Yost.

“Ethan had many opportunities today,” Warren head coach Andrew Pinkerton said.

Pinkerton spoke about the Warrior defense.

“We knew No. 9 (Washington sophomore Blaise Tayese) was going to be their go-to guy,” Pinkerton said. “So, we made sure one of our defenders were going to be on him at all times. For the most part, we held him in check. He’s a very quality player and he scared us numerous times.

“I think this is our sixth shutout of the season,” Pinkerton said.

“Going out in the last game of the season always stings,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “The way we played tonight, it was just a capstone of the way we’ve played all year. I’m very impressed with the way we played.

“This is the fastest we’ve played,” Teter said. “And, that was our goal, to play fast.

“Give credit to Warren,” Teter said. “We didn’t know what to expect coming in. They were a No. 2 seed, which is impressive, but we hadn’t scouted them. They played really fast, too. Just good possession soccer, short passes.

“Their goal was incredible,” Teter said. “That was about a 40-yard pass on the ground to set it up and split the entire defense and that was the difference in the game.”

Washington says thank you and farewell to its six seniors, Kenny Upthegrove, Seth Hanusik, Alex Trombold, Logan Jackson, Mason Morgan and Brian Wilson.

“Brian played the last two seasons as our keeper,” Teter said. “Alex is a four-year starter as a defender, he’s a two-year captain.

“Kenny, on the right, he’s also a two-year captain,” Teter said. “Mason wasn’t here tonight. Seth Hanusik and Logan Jackson unfortunately were injured, but they had great careers up to this point.”

Chillicothe advanced to the District finals with a 7-2 win over Marietta Wednesday.

Athens will play Fairfield Union for a District championship Saturday at 4 p.m. at Logan High School.

Chillicothe will play Warren (9-5-3) for a District championship Saturday at 6 p.m. at LHS.

The Blue Lions conclude the 2016 season with a record of 9-9 overall. Washington finished the final SCOL season with a record of 6-6.

Blue Lion postseason honors

Kenny Upthegrove and Jack Luebbe were named First Team, All-SCOL for 2016.

Blaise Tayese was named Second Team, All-SCOL.

Luebbe was named First Team, All-Southeast District.

Tayese was named Second Team, All-Southeast District.

Alex Trombold was named Honorable Mention, All-Southeast District and Seth Hanusik was named Honorable Mention, All-Southeast District.

Trombold will play in the District all-star game Sunday, Nov 6 at 3 p.m. at Chillicothe High School. The girls District all-star game preceeds the boys at 1 p.m.

Washington junior Jack Luebbe (11) looks to settle the ball while defended by Warren junior Matt Dugan during a Division II District semifinal match at Logan High School Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Also pictured for Washington is junior Jordan Behm.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/10/web1_Jack-Luebbe-in-District-soccer-against-Warren.jpgWashington junior Jack Luebbe (11) looks to settle the ball while defended by Warren junior Matt Dugan during a Division II District semifinal match at Logan High School Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Also pictured for Washington is junior Jordan Behm. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

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