Dragons pass first Region 5 test with win at Saegertown

SAEGERTOWN – Warren’s boys soccer team passed its first Region 5 test, and avenged a loss from last season, with a 4-2 win at Saegertown Tuesday.

Warren lost a tough game in overtime at Saegertown in 2016.

“We wanted the win this year,” Warren coach Denny Flatt said.

The field’s unique dimensions presented a strategic challenge for the Dragons.

“We had to adjust our play for their field because it’s smaller,” Flatt said. “It’s a little different kind of play.”

Flatt said the field size meant whichever team won possession would almost immediately be in range for a shot on goal.

“You have to both guard against that, and take advantage of it,” he said.

Bryce McCracken took advantage first and got the Dragons on the board at 17:05 with an assist from Colin Blair. Connor Guiffre doubled the lead just three minutes later. This time, it was McCracken with the assist.

“We created a lot of opportunities,” Flatt said. “We won the majority of the possession game.”

Seth Harrington set up Caleb Ei at 25:27, and gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead.

Saegertown was able to answer as Lain Scott found the back of the net at 28:00 to make it 3-1. The score would hold until the half.

Blair pushed the lead back to three with his goal at 47:45.

Saegertown’s Ainsely Kissel closed out the scoring with his goal at 51:45.

Flatt said he was generally happy with the way his team played, though there is still room for improvement.

“We had lots of offensive opportunities, but we need to convert more,” he said. “We left a lot of goals on the field.”

He added the Dragons’ set defense looked better than it had in previous matches, “particularly on the corner kicks.”

Tommy Harrington made 12 saves to get the win in goal.

Warren faces a tough challenge in its first home Region 5 match Thursday against General McLane.

“We played well enough to win today,” Flatt said. “We have a tough test against General McLane at home . . . we need to play a little better (to win).”