SAEGERTOWN - Warren's boys soccer team is 0-2 in Region 4 after a difficult 2-1 loss to Saegertown on Wednesday.
"I'm happy with our effort," said Warren coach Tom Harrington, whose Dragons are 0-6 overall. He said frustration comes from not being used to the feeling of losing, after going 15-4 overall last year and 8-2 in the region.
At this point, Harrington said the focus has to be, not on the playoffs, but on getting win No. 1.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Grant Venman (10) battles for the ball with a Mercyhurst Prep player during Eisenhower’s home game on Wednesday. The Knights fell, 10-0, putting their record at 2-3.
"We're going to get through this," said Harrington. "We had the ball more than they did, outshooting them, 23-12. Jason Stanton had 16 tackles and was covering one of their tougher players, so he played well.
"Their play was pretty good, and the effort was there," said Harrington. "We're still banged up a bit. The biggest thing, we are getting guys that are very confident coming in (now) doubting their abilities."
Harrington said "it was a pretty even match," when Quinn Boger scored first for Warren with three minutes left in the first half, after a long ball from Max Gross.
In the second half, "they came at us really hard," said Harrington. "They were able to get (the tying goal) fairly quickly into the second half."
Halfway into the second half, Warren was called for a shoulder-to-shoulder "push" in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick and Saegertown's 2-1 lead.
"We had some more shots on goal after that, nothing was able to fall," said Harrington.
Warren next hosts Jamestown (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Field.
Mercyhurst Prep 10, Eisenhower 0
Eisenhower fell into a large hole early against Mercyhurst Prep on Wednesday, and was unable to recover, as the Knights fell 10-0 at Eisenhower High School.
A 4-0 winner over Warren earlier this season, the Lakers, likely the toughest team Ike faces all season, scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, and added a fifth shortly before the halftime buzzer.
Eisenhower couldn't find any answers for Prep's attack in the second half either, as the Lakers notched five more goals, with one coming on a penalty kick.
The Knights played the final twelve minutes down a man after Erik Daugharthy was sent off with a red card.
"We've got a problem giving up bunches of goals," Knights coach Matt Decker said. "We gave up a bunch in the first ten minutes, and in the second half they had a few right in a row also. (Mercyhurst Prep) is a fast team. I was hoping for a little better of a result, but we play them again (on October 8)."
The Knights (2-3 overall, 0-2 in Region 3) will travel to Iroquois for another region matchup on Tuesday.