The South Webster Jeeps boys’ soccer team fell in their regional semifinal matchup to the Berlin Hiland Hawks 1-0 in Marietta in rainy, nasty conditions for a soccer game.
“Tonight simply wasn’t our night” said Jeeps head coach Corey Claxon following his team’s tough loss Wednesday night, “Their goal came about two minutes in the game as they took a shot from just outside the 18. It was low and hard, and it somehow took a weird bounce off of Tanner (Voiers) and rolled over the goal line. We battled hard in the first half and pressured them the majority of the second half, but couldn’t manage to put one in. That was the first time all season we had been shut out, and I really don’t know how we didn’t score. We had several good chances. It was a tough night to play and the conditions were a factor, but we just couldn’t overcome it.”
As Claxon mentioned, Hiland’s goal came at the 38:30 mark of the first half when Declan Howell found his teammate, Brayden Gray, for the Hawks only goal of the game. Hiland managed to take six shots, four of which were on goal. The Jeeps were able to take eight shots, six of which were on goal.
As you can expect, Claxon and his team were disappointed following their loss and the end of their season. “I know we have a lot to be proud of and the guys know it too” said Claxon, “It was just one of those games where you can only shake your head and try to move on. This was a talented and hard working group of guys and I really do hate this for them. Give us a few days and hopefully they will start to reflect on all the good we accomplished.” Some of those accomplishments for the Jeeps include sixteen straight SOC I titles along with three straight district titles.
South Webster graduates eleven seniors from this season’s district championship team, but also return the majority of their players, priming them for another potential run in the district tournament for the fourth year in a row.
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