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  • Dan Vance | The Journal Gazette Wayne defender Braulio Castaneda controls the ball in the first half against Warsaw at Homestead in sectional play.

  • Dan Vance | The Journal Gazette Warsaw's Alex Brown, left, and Wayne's Naung Ket and  battle for positioning in the second half during their game at Homestead on Monday.

  • Dan Vance | For The Journal Gazette Wayne goalie Torren Gonzalez prepares to make a throw against Warsaw in sectional play Monday at Homestead.

  • Dan Vance | For The Journal Gazette Warsaw's Agustin Hidalgo manuevers the ball around Wayne's Armondo Solis in the first half against Wayne at Homestead in sectional play.

Monday, October 01, 2018 10:40 pm

Wayne boys get record soccer win

DAN VANCE | For The Journal Gazette

Three years after winning just one game, Wayne soccer’s 12-player senior class has its signature win.

The Generals topped 14th ranked Warsaw 1-0 on Monday night in a defensive showdown to open Class 3A sectional play at Homestead.

The victory marked a program record for the Generals, their 12th win of the season, but first-year coach Aaron Koch doesn’t want that, and the win over a ranked opponent, to define them just yet.

“The message has been all year long that we are happy, but we are not content,” Koch said. “We are happy with the things that we are doing but at the end of the day, if we say ‘oh we beat a state ranked opponent in Sectionals,’ but we didn’t do anything else, that’s not going to look as good.”

Wayne (12-4-1) scored its lone goal with 19:12 left in the opening half when leading scorer Naung Ket picked up his 13th goal of the season as he hit the bottom right of the Warsaw goal from the left side after a little bit of Tiger miscommunication. It was just the Generals’ second shot on goal and also the last, as Warsaw would end up out-shooting Wayne 12-2.

“I’m going to give a whole lot of credit to Ket, that is what he’s done all year for us,” Koch said. “There was absolutely no attack and he just made something, hustled, got a deflection here and was able to slot it home.”

The Generals had two of the best shots in the first half, getting only two on goal to Warsaw’s five by halftime. Their first attempt came at the 22:13 mark when Moe Oo found Ko Dan in the open field, but the attempt was saved by the foot of Warsaw goalie Harrison Mevis.

Warsaw (9-3-6) looked to attack quickly in the second half, but a cross pass for a scoring chance by Blake Burns was thwarted by the defense of Wayne’s Braulio Castaneda.

“We said at halftime, that we couldn’t just stay on our heels the whole time,” Koch said. “Having that toughness and that experience back there was huge for us. For a lot of them, this is the fourth time they have been in a sectional, so they have seen it before and been here before.”

The Generals continued to survive the Tigers attack in the second half. With 26:45 to play, it was Warsaw’s Jorge Rico-Giron who had his free kick blocked by the wall of General defenders and his rebound second attempt was high of the goal.

Although Warsaw had seven second-half shot attempts, it never broke the Generals defense and goaltender Torren Gonzales. The Tigers had their final chance 33 seconds left when Jose Sanchez-Brito sent a solid pass to Tedros Berelsman, whose header attempt was saved, all but wrapping up the Generals’ record win.

“They hit the post a couple of times and we had a little bit of luck on our side. But we had a strong effort from a lot of people that made sure we stayed here and we are playing again on Wednesday,” Koch said.