CHILLICOTHE — The Miami Trace Panthers varsity soccer team visited Southeastern High School (near Chillicothe) for a match against another team of Panthers on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Miami Trace didn’t waste any time getting after Southeastern when Brett Lewis scored his first goal of the season just seven minutes into the game (32:28 remaining in the half). The assist went to Blake Pittser.
One minute later, at the 31:27 mark, Ethan Powell scored on a cross from Lewis. It was Powell’s first goal of the season.
On an extremely hot day, Miami Trace travelled with 20 of their 29 players.
With a 2-0 lead just over 8 minutes into the game, Miami Trace began utilizing their deep bench to keep fresh players in the game.
Lewis added a second goal, assisted on a cross by Caleb Perry, with 12:40 remaining in the half. It was 3-0 at the half.
The second half began with a goal by senior Blake Pittser with 36:34 remaining in the game. Pittser dribbled around a defender and “megged” the goal keeper.
SE was able to avoid the shutout by scoring with about 15 minutes to go.
Miami Trace out-shot the SE Panthers, 29-2. Miami Trace had six corner kicks as opposed to two by their opponent.
“Although we weren’t able to put a lot of goals on the scoreboard, this was a dominant performance by our team,” Miami Trace assistant coach Sean Sweeney said.
“We had a goal of playing a lot of players today and by getting after Southeastern early, we were able to get all 20 of our guys a lot of quality game minutes today,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “This is game number three and we are preparing for the games that lie ahead.”
The win boosted Miami Trace’s record to 2-1-0.