On a very warm, humid Thursday leading into the Labor Day weekend, the Washington Blue Lion boys soccer team held its home-opener against the Hillsboro Indians.
The visitors won the match, 4-0.
Hillsboro improves to 3-0-1 overall, 2-0-1 in the SCOL.
Washington is now 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the SCOL.
“Both teams had a lot of shots tonight,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “I’d say around 10 apiece.
Hillsboro scored with about three minutes to play in the first half to take a 1-0 halftime lead. The goal was a penalty kick by Chase Colliver.
“We were right with them at the break,” Teter said. “We know in the league, Chillicothe is the team to beat. But, there is a group of teams right there below them.
“They scored two quick goals early in the second half,” Teter said. “We gave up one in the first minute of the second half. You don’t want to loose focus after that. It’s only a goal; we’re still thinking we’re good, we can come back. If you stop for just a second, you can give up another one.”
The second goal of the second half came about five minutes in with the final tally occurring near the 10-minute mark of the match.
In the second half for the Indians, scoring came from Quinn Conlon (assist to Brandon Elmore); Coby Curtis scored (assist again to Elmore) and D.J. Brown had an unassisted goal.
“Our defense has to become more consistent,” Teter said. “We have long stretches where we’re very tough on defense. If we turn our backs for a moment or give up a goal, that ruins the effort defensively.
“On offense, we have to finish,” Teter said. “We move the ball very well, we get shots, but we make it easy on the keeper.”
Washington is off today and back in action Tuesday at home against Wilmington.
The Blue Lions visit McClain High School to take on the Tigers Thursday, Sept. 10.
Hillsboro is now off until Tuesday, Sept. 15 due to the Highland County Fair being held next week.
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