HILLSBORO — The Miami Trace Panthers varsity soccer team lost a pair of matches in the Frontier Athletic Conference this week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Miami Trace traveled to Hillsboro, falling by a score of 6-2.
Miami Trace senior Ethan Powell got on the other end of a beautiful cross from senior captain Brett Lewis and headed it into the goal less than two minutes into the game, Panthers’ head coach Josh Thoroman explained.
Miami Trace dominated the first 20 minutes of play.
Hillsboro then scored with 23:11, 6:12, and 3 minutes remaining in the half for a 3-1 Hillsboro lead at the half.
Hillsboro controlled the second half, scoring goals with 36:48, 30:42, and 18:02 remaining. Six-five Miami Trace senior defender Matt Fender scored with 8:04 remaining in the game off a well-played corner kick from Powell.
Sophomore keeper Justin Shoemaker had five saves versus 10 shots faced in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Harris had three saves versus eight shots faced in the second half.
JACKSON — The Panthers then visited Jackson for another league match Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Ironmen won the match, 4-1.
Jackson scored two goals in the opening five minutes, in a pouring rain before Miami Trace started playing.
Miami Trace controlled the next 35 minutes of the half to keep the deficit at two goals.
The Panthers scored when sophomore Justin Shoemaker played the ball into the mouth of the goal. Sophomore Kody Burns beat the keeper to the far post and recorded his first goal of the season just 33 seconds into the second half.
Miami Trace controlled play until a penalty kick was awarded and converted by Jackson with 32:06 remaining. Jackson got an insurance goal at 20:44.
Shoemaker had three first half saves versus eight shots faced. Sophomore Jake Harris and seven saves versus nine shots and faced in the second half.
Miami Trace will host the Washington Blue Lions for a Frontier Athletic Conference match Tuesday at 5 p.m.