Dragons earn exciting win over LeBoeuf

WATERFORD, Pa. – Warren’s boys soccer team closed out its early season non-region schedule with a “hard fought” 2-1 win at Fort LeBoeuf Tuesday.

Caleb Lindell’s goal with 2:56 remaning was the difference as the Dragons spoiled the Bison senior night.

“This was an incredible game,” Warren coach Denny Flatt said. “They’re a senior laden team and it was their senior night. They were a much older team, but our kids played with so much intensity.”

The teams split their two-game series last season, and in the first half showed that their still evenly matched, playing to a 0-0 tie.

“It was two pretty evenly matched teams,” Flatt said. “It was a pleasure to watch. Everyone there was talking about how good the game was.”

The Dragons got on the board first. Ryon Flatt took a corner kick and got the ball to Devon Navaroli who put it to the back of the net for a 1-0 Warren lead at 69:32.

The Bison wasted little time getting the equalizer as Marcus Rathburn put one home at 70:52 to make it 1-1.

The score would stay that way for the next 17 minutes, despite the Dragons twice thinking they had retaken the lead.

“We had all kinds of chances,” coach Flatt said. “There was a little controversy we thought we had a goal twice, but it wasn’t called in.”

No matter, Andrew Beyer found Lindell at 87:04 for the game-winner.

Warren’s back line of Luke Smelko, Tyler Gustafson, Beck Labesky, Beyer and Caleb Ei was stellar again. The group combined for 102 tackles on the night and limited the Bison to a handful of shots on goal. Tommy Harrington made six saves in net to pick up the win.

“The defense in three games has only given up two goals,” coach Flatt said. “We won the most posession, won most of the 50/50 balls.”

Labesky and Griffin Suppa each had 16 steals in the win.

Now, the Dragons will look to carry this momentum into their region schedule, beginning with a match at Franklin Thursday.

“I can’t say enough about how hard the kids played,” coach Flatt said. “They really wanted it. The senior captains talked about how important this game was.”

JV: WARREN 4, FORT LEBOEUF 1

Wesley Kiehl had a hat trick and Alex Ferry chipped in a pair of assists while pitching a shutout in the second half as the Warren junior varsity team grabbed a 4-1 win at Fort LeBoeuf.

Ben Berdine added a goal in the win, and Alex Nebinski got the start in net.

Nebinski gave up a goal, but had seven saves in the first half, Ferry six in the second

“We had a nice match,” Warren coach Chris Darling said. “Our backline played great. Damon Navaroli and Andrew Seyler have taken leadership of the back line to cement our defense.”

Darling said the team is taking big strides forward.

“We’re really doing a good job seeing the field and possessing the ball,” he said. “It was a nice win for the jv tonight too. They switched the order (of play) for senior night so we had a lot of guys that played a lot of minutes. It was a good win for us.”

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