Tuesday, October 02, 2018 1:00 am
Boys sectional soccer Wayne 1 Warsaw 0
Shutout win gives Generals school record
Dan Vance | For The Journal Gazette
Three years after winning just one game, the Wayne soccer team'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 with 19:12 left in the opening half when leading scorer Naung Ket hit the bottom right of the Warsaw goal from the left side after a little bit of Tigers miscommunication. It was Ket's 13th goal of the season and it came on just the Generals' second shot on goal and also the last. Warsaw outshot 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 Generals defenders and his rebound second attempt was high of the goal.
Although Warsaw had seven second-half shot attempts, the Tigers never broke the Wayne defense and goalkeeper Torren Gonzales. The Tigers had their final chance with 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.