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Ordiway shines again

Sophomore nets five goals as Warren blanks Eisenhower

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger Eisenhower’s Alex Turbide dribbles in the open field against Warren on Tuesday afternoon.

LANDER — On a beautiful late-summer day, the Eisenhower boys soccer team welcomed the Warren Dragons to kick off its 2020 high school season Tuesday afternoon.

Playing against each other for the first time as region rivals — a move set up before COVID-19 impacted Pennsylvania sports — Warren came away with a 7-0 victory.

The Dragons came into the game with some uncertainty as they lost senior co-captain Zane Anderson to an injury sustained in practice. He will be out for an undetermined amount of time.

“We have a nice class of senior skilled players,” Warren coach Denny Flatt said before the game, “but not knowing how long Zane will be out, we really need to find some team chemistry and who will step up with Zane out.”

Sophomore Parks Ordiway started the scoring for the Dragons midway through the first half to make it 1-0. Ordiway was a scoring machine for the Dragons as he would tally three more goals in the first half. The Dragons would also get a goal from senior Wes Kiehl to make the score 5-0 Dragons at halftime.

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger Warren’s Parks Ordiway and Eisenhower's Alex Turbide battle for possession.

After the teams exchanged ends, just five minutes into the second half, Ordiway would score his fifth and final goal. The Dragons’ JT Blum would score the last point for the Dragons on a nice drive to the goal.

“I thought defensively we played very well,” Flatt said. “They did a nice job shutting down … Darren Glotz. … Jack Darling and Sean Duckett both played very well.”

Both head coaches emphasized how nice it was to play familiar faces.

“The boys on both teams played with heart,” Eisenhower coach Todd Venman said. “A good portion of these young men have played together in the YMCA rec league and were teammates on Kinzua, so seeing them have a chance to play each other at this stage of life was a rare treat.”

Venman added “I’m proud of our team. We played a very good Warren team right off. It gave us an opportunity to see where we are and will help us prepare for the upcoming season.”

The Dragons improve to 2-0 on the season while the Knights fall to 0-1.

NOTES: The fans were honored to hear the Knight marching band, which made the march over to the soccer field to play a beautiful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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