On a beautiful autumn evening, the Washington Blue Lion boys soccer team hosted the Tigers of McClain High School for an SCOL match Tuesday.
McClain won the match, 6-0.
It was senior night and Washington recognized its seven seniors: Jakob Snyder, Trent Brown, Brody Morris, Cameron Eckles, Branson Morgan, Nick Funari and Branton Mitchell.
“McClain is a good team,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “There’s no shame in losing to a better team. I thought sometimes we could have matched up better than we did. But, they are definitely very solid; one of the top teams in the league.”
McClain held a 2-0 lead at the half.
Cody Hardesty, Vinny Marcelino and Tyler Jackson each scored two goals for the Tigers.
Camden Yates had the shut out in goal for McClain, recording three saves.
Washington had shots on goal from Brody Morris, Cameron Eckles and Kenny Upthegrove.
“We usually do alright controlling the mid-field,” Teter said. “And that was strength again tonight, or one of them. But, we have trouble getting it from the mid-field to the dangerous spot of the offense. They exposed us there.
“Our back line is solid,” Teter said. “And Brian (Wilson) did a nice job of coming out of the goal and making a lot of saves.”
McClain improves to 9-4-1 overall, 4-4-1 in the SCOL.
“The kids played well tonight,” McClain head coach Jon Chamblin said. “The passing looked great. We’re on a four-game winning streak, looking good for the tournament.
“Our defense played outstanding,” Chamblin said. “They’ve been strong all year long. I can’t say enough about our defense.”
McClain is at Hillsboro Thursday.
Washington (3-9-2 overall, 2-8-1 in the SCOL) is at Miami Trace Thursday.
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1