Special to the CourierTraveler
The Winfield High School boys varsity soccer team defeated Circle 11-1 Tuesday in Towanda.
“It was an interesting game. Circle plays 10-11 guys on defense, especially in the second
half, so it took us a little bit to figure it out but we did,” said head coach Charles Osen.
Winfield’s first goal was a corner kick bent in by Zach Hammar. The next two goals were nice passes by Washington and Tapia to set up Kyan Towles.
The fifth goal came after a rocket shot by
Washington was saved but rebounded in by Towles. The sixth goal was another nice corner
by Hammar that Towles headed in.
The Circle goal was a nice long ball. “We gave their guy some space and he ripped probably the shot of his life that went over the hand of Jackson Palmer. That was about their only shot in the game,” said Osen.
The game was originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It was moved up to 5 p.m. to miss the weather, but
lightning delayed the start til 6:15.
“It was certainly a different kind of game for us, playing against a team that really wanted
to stress defense. I thought we did a nice job of going side to side to try to
loosen them up,” said Osen. “Scoring twice on corner kicks in the first half was nice. We have
done a much better job this season of taking advantage of set pieces.”
"It took us a little longer than I would've liked in the second half to find some openings, but once we did, the floodgates seemed to open. Kyan was unstoppable tonight,” Osen said.
"We are right in the middle of the pack as far as the playoff standings go. Our next two games are against Goddard and Buhler, who both handled us rather easily at the Goddard Tournament. I think we have improved greatly since then. I am anxious
to see how we fare as we get them both on our home field,” said Osen.
The team’s record is now 8-5. They will host Goddard for Senior Night today. The JV game begins at 4:30, senior night events begin at 5:45, and the varsity game starts at 6.
W-Zach Hammar (Corner Kick) 34:47
W-Kyan Towles (Julien Washington) 32:23
W-Towles (Gabriel Tapia) 26:08
W-Washington (UA) 15:05
W-Towles (Washington) 9:00
W-Towles (Hammar Corner Kick) 8:22
W-Towles (UA) 22:22
W-Tapia (UA) 20:19
W-Hammar (UA) 10:32
W-Towles (UA) 5:15
W-Trey Thiel (UA) 2:12