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One Step Away

Warren closes in on Region 4 title

Times Observer File Photo by Matt Spielman Warren’s Ian Darling (18) scored three goals Wednesday as the Dragons beat Conneaut, 5-0, in District 10 Region 4 play.

CONNEAUT — It was a new goal-scoring star for Warren on Wednesday.

The result was the same.

Ian Darling scored three goals as the Dragons improved to 10-0-0 on the season with a 5-0 victory over Conneaut in District 10 Region 4 boys soccer action.

Warren (10-0-0) can clinch the region title with a victory Saturday at War Memorial Field against Oil City.

It took the Dragons a while to get on the scoreboard Wednesday as Darling scored the first goal on a header off a Wes Kiehl corner kick over 31 minutes into the first half.

“It was 0-0 for a while,” assistant coach Chris Darling said. “They were playing us tough.”

Darling scored on another header over six minutes later off a cross from Parks Ordiway as Warren took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

“They played great today. They came out on their home field and really wanted to win,” Coach Darling said. “They beat us to a lot of 50-50 balls early. They play on a little smaller field so it’s a little different spacing. It took us a little bit of time to adjust and figure that out.”

After halftime, Ordiway assisted on a JT Blum goal to make it 3-0 with 27 minutes remaining.

Kiehl then assisted on the final two goals of the game, first to Ordiway for his 26th goal of the season and then to Darling to complete his first career hat trick.

“I was really happy with the combinations we put together today,” head coach Denny Flatt said. “We are starting to peak at the right time and starting to get healthy at the same time.”

Kiehl led the Dragons with 20 tackles and 15 steals while Jack Darling had 15 tackles and 10 steals.

“We did a really good job of taking the ball away from them and changing the direction of play,” Flatt said.

John Page, nursing an injury, moved back to center back and Jack Darling moved up to the midfield.

“Page played back with Ricky Madril, Ethan Best and Holden Creal,” Coach Darling said. “They were stingy as always.”

Goalkeeper Alex Ferry made two saves in the shutout.

“We saw some things we’ve been working on at practice. It wasn’t just simple soccer,” Flatt said. ” … We’re really putting together some nice passes, one-touch passes into open spaces. It was fun to watch.”

EISENHOWER ROLLS

RUSSELL — Eisenhower (6-4) was a 14-1 winner over Oil City in District 10 Region 4 boys soccer Wednesday.

The Knights peppered 36 shots on goal, and were led by a six-goal, one-assist performance by Darren Glotz. Luke Smelko would add a hat trick and four assists; Wyatt Tucker two goals; Tommy Jukes a goal; Caleb Reagle a goal; and James Larson a goal and an assist.

Cyrus Williams grabbed the lone goal for Oil City.

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