GREENFIELD — The Miami Trace Panthers were looking to move on past a tough 6-0 loss at home to Frontier Athletic Conference rivals Chillicothe when they traveled down SR 41 to Greenfield to take on the McClain Tigers Thursday evening, the final day of August.

On a warm, sunny day, the Panthers and Tigers battled for 80 minutes before Miami Trace came away with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

“We were not ready for the intensity McClain played with,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “Their intensity made this the 2-0 game it was.”

Miami Trace scored in the seventh minute of the first half, the goal coming from senior Ethan Powell with the assist to sophomore Caleb Perry.

The Panthers led 1-0 at halftime.

With 11:22 remaining to be played in the match, senior Brett Lewis connected on a free kick from 40 yards out, the ball going in over the McClain goalkeeper.

Miami Trace out-shot McClain, 23-19.

Sophomore Justin Shoemaker had nine saves in goal for the Panthers.

It was Miami Trace’s first win in the new conference.

The Panthers (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the FAC) will host a j-v and varsity doubleheader Saturday at home against Fairfield Union with the j-v game starting at noon.

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Miami Trace’s Drew Batson (22) battles a McClain player for possession during a Frontier Athletic Conference match-up at McClain High School Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/08/web1_MT-socceer-Drew-Batson-at-McClain-8-31-2017.jpgMiami Trace’s Drew Batson (22) battles a McClain player for possession during a Frontier Athletic Conference match-up at McClain High School Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

choppes@aimmediamidwest.com

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