On a beautiful Tuesday evening, Sept. 15, the Washington Blue Lion boys soccer team hosted Miami Trace for an SCOL match.
Before a large crowd, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.
The Panthers scored first on an unassisted goal by Blake Pittser at the 29:46 mark of the first half.
Blaise Tayese scored for Washington with 16:17 to play in the first half, the assist going to Seth Hanusik.
Both teams had golden chances to score in the second half.
Tayese drilled a shot that hit the goalpost and bounded away with about eight minutes to play in the game.
Miami Trace had a shot that was a very near miss with about six minutes remaining.
Washington had 23 shots to 12 shots for Miami Trace.
Blue Lion goal-keeper Brian Wilson had four saves.
For the Panthers, Tim Kinzler had 10 saves.
“It was very competitive, very close,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “The first half was very much back and forth. I think we had a little more possession. We’re always afraid of Blake Pittser getting loose and he did one time and he made us pay for it.
“Other than that, I thought our defense was near perfection,” Teter said. “As far as just pushing everything outside.
“I was glad we came out with the same intensity in the second half,” Teter said. “Before tonight, we had not put together 80 minutes of soccer all the way through. Tonight, we met nearly all of our goals. That was the biggest one, just to finish the game, all 80 minutes of it.”
“We were out-played tonight,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “We played aggressive, but, they out-shot us. We had four corner kicks and they had three.”
Miami Trace (2-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 in the SCOL) is home Thursday night against Clinton-Massie at 6:30 p.m.
Washington (2-4-1 overall, 1-4-1 in the SCOL) is at Chillicothe Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1