Big Walnut shuts out Hartley 5-0 in boys soccer action
News Staff Reports
Big Walnut, led by senior forward Austin Foor with two goals and one assist, erupted for five second-half goals to turn a scoreless opening half into a 5–0 victory over non-league rival Bishop Hartley Saturday night in Coumbus.
After an evenly-played opening half, Big Walnut (5–2-1) looked to the “long ball” to take control of the contest midway through the second half. Senior defenseman Bradyn Dronsfield sent a long ball to sophomore midfielder Adam Carifa, who got behind the defense to finish the play for a 1–0 Golden Eagle lead 16 minutes in the period. Three minutes later, senior midfielder Shane Facemyer deftly dribbled past several Hartley defenders for an unassisted goal for a 2–0 Golden Eagle advantage.
That was when Foor took over to score back-to-back break-away goals on a pair of long balls from sophomore midfielder Bobby Bogantz to make it 3–0 and the second from junior defenseman Dominic Zumpone to open up a four-goal advantage.
Zumpone and Foor hooked up for Big Walnut’s fifth and final goal with Zumpone taking a pass from Foor and curling a beautifully struck ball with the outside of his left foot from 20 yards out into the right upper-corner of the net.
Dronsfield, Bogantz, Zumpone and Foor each recorded an assist in the victory.
Big Walnut finished with a 16–6 advantage in shots on goal to go with a 4–1 edge in corner kicks. Golden Eagle junior goalkeeper Tyler Sholl recorded 4 saves for the shutout.
WATKINS MEMORIAL 2, BIG WALNUT 1 — The Warriors, who were outshot 12–3 in the second half by the Golden Eagles, scored with 55 seconds left in the game to escape with Tuesday’s Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory Tuesday night in Pataskala.
Following a scoreless opening half, Big Walnut (4–2-1, 0–2-1) took a 1–0 lead on senior midfielder Shane Facemyer’s hard-earned goal. Displaying a great individual dribbling display, Facemyer broke through the Watkins Memorial defense and drove a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net from 15 yards for the lead.
Little went right for the Golden Eagles the rest of the night. Less than a minute later, a questionable call on Big Walnut for a handling call awarded the Warriors a penalty kick which was converted by senior defenseman Caleb Clark to knot the game at 1–1.
The Golden Eagle attack did not back off as Big Walnut pressed for the go-ahead goal, out-shooting Watkins Memorial 12–3 in the second half, gaining four corners to none for the Pioneers, but could not finish.
With 55 seconds remaining, Watkins Memorial sent a cross towards the top of the defense. With Golden Eagles and Warriors vying for control, the ball squirted loose to Watkins’ junior forward Pat Murphy who drilled a hard, low shot from the 18 for the game winning goal,
Big Walnut finished the night with a three-to-1, 21–7 shots-on-goal advantage as well as a 7–2 edge in corner kicks. Junior Tyler Sholl recorded 2 stops in the Golden Eagle goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Alec Mathew made 11 saves in the Warrior net.