Boys Soccer Dissatisfied in Draw with Wooster
Joey Randazzo

The host entered the game confidently with a 5-1 record, while the Pioneers were determined to continue their own series of wins.

The WRA varsity boys’ soccer team traveled to Wooster for a game under the lights against the Generals. The host entered the game confidently with a 5-1 record, while the Pioneers were determined to continue their own series of wins.

From the first to the final whistle, the game was hard fought, emotional and physically demanding on both sides. During the first 15 minutes both teams created chances and explored each other's vulnerabilities. The Pioneers had most of the possession and controlled the game, in particular when they combined with a series of one-touch passes and relied on their exceptional speed on both wings. It came as no surprise that WRA scored the first goal in the 15th minute. Pedro Lyra ‘23 won a ball in midfield and sent Agustin Duarte ‘23 on his way to beat a few defenders and the goalie with a perfectly placed shot on the ground into the far corner. The Generals fought back and tied the score 1:1 for the first half by being awarded a penalty kick after an unlucky handball in the box. Wooster's French ‘23 managed to get it just past the fingertips of WRA goalie Caydence Robinson ‘25, who had picked the correct side.

The second half continued with the Pioneers combining quickly and fiercely attacking Wooster’s defensive end. Wooster’s keeper Owen ‘23 had a career day saving 6 shots and frustrating the WRA forwards, who also managed to miss the frame quite a few times. In a rare counter, it was French again, who won a tight footrace, managed to beat his defender and the keeper, and gave the Generals a 2:1 lead with 20 minutes left in the game. The Pioneers intensified their effort and tied the game in the final minutes. Lyra served a corner kick to Duarte who headed the ball into the net at the near post. The game ended with a flurry of attacks by WRA, but the score remained a 2:2 tie with which Wooster seemed content. 

The WRA Varsity Boys Soccer team record improved to 3-0-2. Duarte has scored in all five games and leads the team with 7 goals. The other scorers are: Jayden Gaynor ‘23 (3), Hamza Kromah ‘24 (2), Kelly Janssen ‘23 (1) and Sebastian Lizares ‘24 (1). The team has scored 14 and given up 5 goals so far this season.