GREENFIELD — The McClain Tigers hosted the Blue Lions from Washington High School in a Frontier Athletic Conference boys soccer game Thursday evening, Sept. 14.
The match was played with great intensity by both teams, with Washington claiming victory on a late goal by senior captain Max Schroeder.
McClain took the first lead of the game early on just four minutes in. Washington appeared to equalize soon after when Schroeder sent a long ball to striker Blaise Tayese. Tayese deflected the ball into the net with his head but was ruled offside.
Washington eventually tied the score with four minutes remaining in the first half. Senior midfielder Jack Luebbe placed a hard direct kick over the McClain defense and into the net, and the game went to halftime tied at one.
During the second half each team had chances to score, but were denied through both good goalkeeping and misfortune. Washington goalkeeper Darion Strietenberger twice came up with impressive saves to preserve the tie.
With seven minutes left on the clock, Schroeder found his moment. After collecting a loose ball ten yards from the goal line, he had a quick look to see the net and then scored the game winner.
“It was a team victory tonight.” said Lions coach Aaron Teter. “Max deserves the highlight. That was the moment we were finally in control, but a lot of boys put a lot of work in. McClain comes at you hard and fast, but our team was up to the challenge.”
Washington (1-4) will enjoy their first victory for a day, and be back in action at London this evening at 6 p.m.. The team then prepares for a much-anticipated match at rival Miami Trace Tuesday night.