Dragons lose region battle at LeBoeuf

Warren’s Tanner Kays works hard to win a ball Saturday during the second half of a physical soccer game at Fort LeBoeuf.

WATERFORD – The Warren boys soccer team traveled to Fort LeBoeuf on Saturday and suffered a 4-1 loss to the Bisons.

“I was afraid this might happen, referring to our three most recent games where we were not challenged,” said Warren coach Denny Flatt.

“They came at us fast by scoring in the first 45 seconds and added two more goals to end the first half. They have a short, narrow field and are quick to the ball. We straightened some things out at half time, and played a good game for the last 40 minutes. They scored one goal the second half that was pretty much a fluke goal. We outplayed them in second half, but when you are playing a quality team it is difficult to play from behind.”

Tanner Kays scored for the Dragons at 74:00.

“This game was a tale of two halves, we did not play well the first half and paid for it,” Flatt said.

“I like how we responded to adversity and stepped up our game in the second 40 minutes of play; however, some of our players need to play more physical and not lose the fifty-fifty battles for the ball. We cannot leave goals on the field.”

Seth Harrington played a very solid game, he battled for possession, and made a lot of great tackles and steals. Tanner Kays covered a lot of ground, he finished with a team high of 25 tackles and scored a goal. Andrew Byer and Caleb Ei combined for 32 steals. Griffin Suppa and Colin Blair worked feverously to force turnovers and generate offensive threats.

“We have a very important region game with Bradford on Tuesday at War Memoria Field,” Flatt said. “Just like last year, there is log jam at the top of the region standings, and every game is crucial.”

Issac Kessler, Jacob Lloyd, Kyle Young and Josh Murray scored for Fort LeBoeuf.

The Dragon JV team played the Bisons to a 3-3 tie.

“Our players played hard and coaches were mostly pleased with their performance,” said coach Chris Darling. “We looked good at times and then some miscues that cost us on both sides of the ball. Sometimes we are a little anxious, we just need to slow the game down, and create offensive build ups. That will come with time and experience.”

Scoring for the Dragons were Dominic Caprino with two goals and Tyler Gustafson, who also had an assist, along with Ben Berdine.