On Thursday, Aug. 26, the Miami Trace boys soccer team hosted the Westfall Mustangs.
The Panthers played hard and won decisively by a 6-0 score. The Panthers were consistent throughout the game scoring three first half goals and three second half goals while shutting out the Mustangs. Miami Trace out-shot Westfall, 28-2.
Panthers’ senior Dylan Farley made two saves and earned his first shutout.
Sophomore Pierce McCarty, celebrated his birthday by scoring the first goal of the game off of a header. He was assisted by senior Noah Perry.
Twenty-two minutes into the half the game was halted by foul weather. The game was paused for well over an hour.
When play resumed, senior Nfanly Mara knocked in two goals before the half. He was assisted by his brother, sophomore Sekou Mara, on both goals. Sekou sent in a beautiful cross that Nfanly finished, beating the keeper to the near post.
For Nfanly’s second goal and Miami Trace’s third, Sekou sent the ball through the defenders to Nfanly. Nfanly then fired his shot toward the goal where it ricocheted off of a Mustang player and into the goal.
Senior Conner Bucher picked up Miami Trace’s second and third goals. Bucher was assisted on a through-ball by Perry and a cross by senior Hayden Hunter. Hunter took the ball deep and crossed it back to Bucher who ran on to the play and headed it home.
Senior Noah Perry finished the Panthers’ scoring when he headed in a beautiful cross from senior Logan Johnson. Johnson was one of Miami Trace’s most consistent players throughout the game, according to head coach Josh Thoroman. He continually beat defenders, brought the ball up the wing and played multiple dangerous crosses through the penalty box, Thoroman explained.
Miami Trace moves to 2-2-0, all non-conference games.
Miami Trace will travel to Hillsboro Tuesday to play the Indians. On Thursday, the Panthers will host the Jackson Ironmen. Both games have a start time of 5 p.m.