Big Walnut scores early, stings Yellow Jackets 3-1 in boys soccer
News Staff Reports
The Golden Eagles controlled this one from start to finish.
Big Walnut built an early 2–0 lead en route to a 3–1 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory over Mount Vernon last Tuesday at Sunbury.
The Golden Eagles claimed an early 1–0 lead off an own goal following a corner kick by sophomore defender Noah Gibson. Big Walnut (6–2-1, 1–2-1 OCC) continued to press for the rest of the first half, outshooting the Yellow Jackets 10–3 with Mount Vernon senior goalkeeper Dan Baker recording 7 saves as the contest reached the half.
The second half saw the physical play increase with 16 total fouls (9 in the first half) called in the second half. Senior midfielder Shane Facemyer dazzled the Yellow Jackets with some nifty dribbling to net his eighth goal of the season after taking a short pass from Austin Foor to give Big Walnut a 2–0 lead.
Following a skirmish just inside BW penalty area, Yellow Jacket senior forward Cameron McMahon walked to the top of the goal area uncontested for an easy score to trim the Golden Eagle lead in half at 2–1.
The Golden Eagles regained their two-goal lead 5 minutes later as Gibson sent a through-ball to senior forward Austin Foor took advantage of his quickness to outrace the Yellow Jacket defense for an unassisted goal.
Big Walnut finished with an 18–10 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams had 5 corner kicks. Gibson led the Golden Eagles with 2 assists. Foor was credited with 1 assist. Tyler Sholl recorded 8 saves for Big Walnut, Baker made 12 in the Mount Vernon goal.
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL 4, BIG WALNUT 2 — The Tigers tallied three opening-half goals and held on to send the Golden Eagles down to their third loss of the season last Thursday (September 20) at Pickerington.
Central senior Derrick Awauh, who led the Tigers with a goal and two assists, gave the hosts a 1–0 lead three minutes into the contest. Big Walnut (6–3-1) answered 90 seconds later to tie the game at 1–1 as senior forward Austin Foor found junior forward Luke Hartings at the top of the 6-yard box for the goal.
The Tigers closed out the opening half with a pair of goals as senior Dillon Rickets and senior Steven Bauers found the back of the net as Pickerington Cental took a 3–1 lead into the break.
Big Walnut came back out and scored 7 minutes into the second half as senior midfielder Shane Facemyer took a corner kick from sophomore defenseman Noah Gibson and knocked it in with his back to cut the Tiger lead to 3–2.
Central closed out the Golden Eagles following a misplayed ball by Big Walnut was gathered in by Awauh who patiently held the ball before slipping the ball behind the defenders to a wide open Ricketts who rolled the ball into the open net.
Big Walnut held a 14–12 advantage in shots on goal as well as a 4–3 edge in corner kicks. Foor and Gibson recorded assists for the Golden Eagles while senior Zach Schmauch joined Awauh with an assist for the Tigers. Junior Jamie Strickler recorded 3 saves in the Central goal while Sholl rejected 4 Pickerington shots on goal.