It was an early all-county match up plus an early Southern Hills Athletic Conference match up on Aug. 20 when the West Union Dragons boys soccer squad traveled up Route 41 to face off with the host Peebles Indians. It was the first outing of the season for new West Union head coach Kevin Hunter and the Dragons while the Indians were coming off a very tough 3-2 loss on the road the previous evening at Lucasville Valley.
The story of this contest was to be the young but athletic Peebles front line, mixed in with the performance of a senior, all culminating in a 4-1 win for the Indians. The Peebles front line put pressure on West Union goalies Andre Wolke and Dodge Estle all night, taking advantage of the absence of suspended regular goalie Brady Hinkle to punch in four goals, two of them by senior Alex Seaman, giving him four in two games, in a 4-1 triumph.
“We had a really hard game last night with Valley and we played on a turf field and they were a very strong and fast team,” said Peebles head coach Gus Denzik. “Tonight we switched to a grass field and West Union plays a slower brand of soccer. So we were really able to hit the ground hard and fast on this one. It was neat to see them passing and moving tonight.”
Peebles had some chances early with Wolke in the net for West Union, but the young keeper was up to the task and kept the home side off the board for the first 17:37 of the game. That is when Peebles freshman forward Bostin Robinson got behind the defense in a one-on-one with the goalie situation and beat Wolke on the long side for a 1-0 Indians lead.
The two teams then played scoreless for the next 13 plus minutes before the Indians scored twice in a span of six minutes. With 9:53 to go in the first half, Peebles’ Brandon Shannon found himself in just the right place in front of the goal and when a loose ball deflected his way, he knew what to do with it, putting it past Wolke for a two-goal advantage for his team.
With just 29 seconds left in the first half, Seaman got his first goal of the night and when the intermission rolled around, it was the Indians with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The two teams turned in a defensive struggle for the first 20 minutes of the second half until the ice was finally broken with the Dragons getting their first goal of 2014. Out of the goal now, it was Wolke staying persistently with the ball in front of the net, finally getting possession, and poking it past Peebles goalie Jacob Vaughn to make it 3-1.
The score stayed that way for the next 10 minutes, with Vaughn preserving the Peebles advantage, making two good stops on shots by West Union’s Tyler Sininger. With 9:40 to play, Seaman got his fourth goal in two nights, this time beating goalie Estle to put the final cap on a 4-1 Indians win, evening their mark for the year at 1-1.
“We’re a young team,” said Coach Denzik. “This first three or four games of the season we are going to really develop and the team we produce by our 14th, 15th, or 16th game is going to be completely different.”
The Peebles boys were back on the field on Monday, Aug. 25, hosting Piketon and will play host to Northwest tomorrow evening. West Union saw their mark fall to 0-2 on the year with a 10-0 loss to Lynchburg on Aug. 22 and will look to rebound tonight when they travel across the mighty Ohio River to battle the St. Patrick Saints.
17:37 Robinson (PHS)
35:55 Shannon (PHS)
39:31 Seaman (PHS)
20:07 Wolke (WUHS)
30:20 Seaman (PHS)