West Holmes Boys Soccer

Knights struggle to generate offense in pair of losses to local powers

Grant Miller

In facing a pair of giants in the local soccer world, West Holmes found it tough enough to get off shots, let alone to score a goal. The West Holmes Knights boys soccer team has found the going to be pretty tough as it wades through a difficult portion of its schedule.

The Knights fell to an undefeated River View team 2-0 on Saturday, Sept. 9, and West Holmes followed that up with a 3-0 loss to a powerful Wooster team on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The pair of shutouts saw West Holmes play very well in the first half of each game, shutting down the Generals lethal offense completely while allowing only a single tally to a veteran Black Bears team that boasts 10 seniors, six of whom have started since they were freshmen.

However, the second half changed, especially in the Wooster contest, where the Knights couldn’t contain the Generals.

In the River View contest, River View fired off 13 shots to West Holmes’ four and put seven on goal while the Knights didn’t manage to make the Black Bears keeper do any work, firing all four of their shots outside the frame. Knights’ keeper Brendon Yoder managed five saves in the contest.

River View opened the scoring when Andrew Martin finished an opportunity with 21 minutes remaining in the first half. Nathan Bullock added River View’s second tally with 13 minutes remaining in the game to add some insurance against a late Knights’ goal that never materialized.

After a scoreless first half against Wooster, the Generals capitalized in the 56th minute when Andrew Martinez scored off of a header. Joe Stoll added a second goal in the 68th minute, and with just 17 seconds remaining, Jack Neill punched in a goal to finish off Wooster’s scoring.

“We knew Wooster had a very strong team going in,” West Holmes coach Dave Zimmerly said. “Our guys executed well, but in the end they were just too much for us.”

West Holmes managed just two shots on goal versus Wooster’s 18 while Yoder recorded 15 saves as the Generals peppered the Knights’ keeper with shots. Wooster keeper Julian Lubell recorded a pair of saves in the win.

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