Panthers soccer posts 4th shutout


HILLSBORO — The Miami Trace boys soccer team shutout the Hillsboro Indians by a score of 2-0 on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The shutout is the fourth that Miami Trace has recorded his year.

The Miami Trace defense was led by senior goalkeeper and captain, Tim Kinzler, who faced nine shots and recorded six saves.

Seniors Nicholas Elrich and Todd Peterson combined with juniors Preston Huff, Adam Ginn, Ethan Powell, and Matt Fender to hold the Indians scoreless.

“It had rained all day, the game was delayed due to inclement weather, and field conditions were not good,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “These are conditions where you see weird goals go in. We played a very conservative game to try and limit Hillsboro’s scoring opportunities. We just wanted to get the win.”

Despite the conservative scheme, Miami Trace turned in a dominant performance as the Panthers out-shot the Indians 24 to 9. The Panthers had nine corner kicks to none for the Indians. And the stat the matters most, 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Miami Trace’s senior captain, Blake Pittser, scored the first goal with a 40-yard blast that skimmed off the wet ground and right under the Hillsboro goalkeeper. There was 18:23 remaining in the half. The assist went to freshman Caleb Perry. It was a 1-0 Miami Trace lead at the half.

Miami Trace’s second goal was a beautiful goal, Thoroman said.

The goal came with 22:51 remaining in the game when senior co-captain Ethan Conn headed in a cross from Pittser.

Eighteen Panthers made the trip to Hillsboro and all 18 saw action.

Miami Trace will conclude the regular season with a match at Washington High School Thursday at 7 p.m.

MT blanks Hillsboro, 2-0

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