Dragons roll to win over Bulldogs

The Warren boys soccer team rolled to a 10-0 win over Meadville on Senior Recognition Saturday at War Memorial Field.

Simon Smith and Gage Labesky were recognized for their leadership qualities, commitment to mentoring the younger players and outstanding soccer skills. With the win, the Dragons have now outscored their last four opponents 35-3.

Connor Guiffre continued his strong play in his move up to forward with three goals and three assists to lead the way.

“It was a calculated risk, but the move has been paying dividends,” said Warren coach Denny Flatt.

Smith, now playing outside mid, has opened up the offense while also allowing him to hit quality, mid-range shots. He had two goals and two assists in the win, while Jimmy Lobdell, Tyler Mahood, Ian Goldthwaite and Michal Shingler had one each.

Griffin Suppa, Dominic Caprino and Devin Reed each added an assist.

“Bryce McCracken, Jimmy Lobdell, and Michal Shingler have also been playing solid and have had multi-goal games recently,” noted Flatt. “Mid-fielders Devin Reed and Ryon Flatt have been effectively moving the ball and setting up scoring opportunities. When the decision was made to move Guiffre, I threw center back Tanner Kays a curve ball. Not only was he up to the challenge, his play has been exceptional. The formation change and injuries to Devon Navaroli and Beck Labesky left Tanner as the only remaining defensive player that started the season. Tanner’s play and ‘quarterbacking’ of the defensive line has been outstanding. Caleb Ei has also been playing great on defense along with converted midfielder Colin Blair. Both of these guys, along with Kays, had a great game on Saturday as they effectively shut down every scoring threat.”

Seth Harrington was once again outstanding at keeper.

“With the formation change, we expected keeper Seth Harrington to receive more offensive pressure and he has been up to the challenge,” Flatt said. “I have no doubt Seth is one of the best keepers in the district. It usually takes a real quality shot and some luck to score on him.”

Meadville came in on a bit of a roll, but the Dragons (8-8) came to play and shut the door early, with every rostered player getting into the game.

Tommy Harrington came on to finish the game in net in the second half and made some quality saves to preserver the shutout.

Warren is scheduled to play at Harbor Creek on Wednesday, their last game of the regular season before playing Cathedral Prep in the 3A playoffs on Monday, Oct. 31.

“The team is playing with confidence and purpose,” Flatt said.