Panther soccer tops Blue Lions, 8-1


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



Blaise Tayese of Washington (left), defends as Miami Trace’s Henry DeBruin looks to settle the ball during a Frontier Athletic Conference match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Blaise Tayese of Washington (left), defends as Miami Trace’s Henry DeBruin looks to settle the ball during a Frontier Athletic Conference match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

The Washington Blue Lions boys soccer team wrapped up play in the Frontier Athletic Conference for 2018 with a match at Fayette County rivals Miami Trace Thursday night.

The Panthers won the match, 8-1.

Miami Trace led 3-0 at halftime.

Sebastian Gurruchaga scored the first goal of the match for Miami Trace. That goal came with 29:30 to play in the first half.

Kyler Conn scored the next two goals for Miami Trace.

The first of those was assisted by Jaden Haldeman with 14:31 remaining in the half.

The second one was assisted off a punt by keeper Justin Shoemaker with 5:20 to go in the half.

Haldeman got the scoring underway for the Panthers in the second half. The assist went to Conn at the 36:06 mark.

Devin Howard converted a penalty kick for the Panthers with 34:14 to play in the match.

With 30:35 to play, Kody Burns scored for Miami Trace, with another assist by Conn.

Christian Caldwell scored next for the Panthers, the assist going to Cole Howland at the 23:02 mark.

Nick Bishop put the Blue Lions on the board with a penalty kick with 15:35 to play.

Gurruchaga book-ended the match with the final goal with 9:32 remaining. The assist went to Drew Batson.

Miami Trace had 30 shots on goal.

Justin Shoemaker had four saves and Jacob Harris had one save for the Panthers.

Washington had eight shots on goal.

Garrett DeWees had 12 saves for the Blue Lions.

The Panthers honored their seven seniors before the match. They are: Drew Batson, Wyatt Cory, Sebastian Gurruchaga, Devin Howard, Cole Howland, August Langley and Coby Seyfang.

Seyfang, who is in Children’s Hospital in Columbus, was represented by several family members in the pre-game ceremony.

It was the final regular season home match for the Panthers, who play next Thursday at Logan Elm.

“Washington played us really tough in the first half,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “Just like last time. At their place, it was 2-0 at halftime. We’re happy to get the win tonight.”

“I’m really proud of our team and the way they approached the game,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “In the warm-ups and the entire first half. We’ve never attacked a game like that.

“In the end, Trace has a lot of forward speed and a lot of ball-winners,” Teter said. “They earned this victory. They are a very good team.

“This wasn’t a game where I felt like we gave anything away,” Teter said. “Everything that Trace did against us, they had to earn.”

Washington (0-12-2 overall, 0-10-0 FAC) will host Leesburg Fairfield Monday. The girls play first at 5 p.m., followed by the boys match.

Thursday is senior night for Washington against Westfall. Seniors will be recognized between games. The girls play first, starting at 5 p.m.

Miami Trace is now 9-4-2 overall, 5-3-2 in the FAC.

In other FAC boys soccer action Thursday, McClain defeated Hillsboro, 5-1 and Chillicothe shutout Jackson, 3-0. There is one match to be made up between Hillsboro and Jackson.

Blaise Tayese of Washington (left), defends as Miami Trace’s Henry DeBruin looks to settle the ball during a Frontier Athletic Conference match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/10/web1_Blaise-Tayese-and-Henry-DeBruin-10-4-2018.jpgBlaise Tayese of Washington (left), defends as Miami Trace’s Henry DeBruin looks to settle the ball during a Frontier Athletic Conference match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

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