BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Senior Braden Wagener scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Maumee’s boys soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Southview on October 2.
Despite having outshot the Cougars 14-7 through the game’s first 48:00, the Panthers’ first goal didn’t come until Wagener scored after a strong throw-in by senior midfielder Kyle Robinson in the 50th minute.
Maumee’s Robinson, Wagener, senior forward Tyler Nayfack and classmate and midfielder Sam LaChapelle went on to outshoot Southview junior forward Noah Moores 6-2 before Wagener dribbled around two Cougars defenders and then scored on a left-footed shot in the 71st minute.
From there, Panthers players such as LaChapelle and senior Adam Diegel provided the defense the team needed to hold on for the win.
Maumee began the contest on the offensive, as Diegel, Robinson, senior Konner Byers, junior Andrew Studenka and sophomores T.J. Carney, Aidan McGann and Colin Wedge kept the ball on Southview’s side of the field.
This allowed Robinson and Wagener to take the first three shots of the night, despite strong defensive play from Cougars junior Dylan Lynam and sophomore Yusuf Hassabelnaby.
Having survived the Panthers’ initial push unscathed, Southview’s Moores followed a pair of misses by senior midfielder Alex Saggese with a perfectly placed ball in the upper right hand of the Maumee net from 18 yards out in the 23rd minute.
Now trailing 1-0, the Panthers offense went back on the offensive.
In spite of eight more attempts from LaChapelle, Nayfack, Wagener and Wedge, though, the Cougars held on to their narrow advantage with solid defensive play from senior goalkeeper J.T. Metzinger and junior midfielder Michael Mancy.
Southview’s Lynam and junior Rafe Bourbeau continued to provide strong defense through the first 9:00 of the second half, but Maumee’s Wagener eventually tied things up.
The Panthers ended up outshooting the Cougars, 23-9. Wagener led the way with eight attempts, Nayfack added six more and LaChapelle and Robinson each had three.
Sophomore keeper Isaac Tolbert went 4-of-5 on save opportunities and Carney and McGann shined brightest on the Maumee defense.
Saggese and Moores paced Southview’s offense, Met-zinger went 11-of-13 in the net and Lynam led the Cougars defense – which also got help from sophomore midfielder Jack Szyperski, despite the loss.
The Panthers improved to 9-4-1 (3-3 in Northern Lakes League play) with the win, while Southview dropped to 4-9-1 (1-4-1).
Maumee 7, Start 0
Two days later, the Panthers notched their 10th victory of the season with a shutout over the Spartans.
LaChapelle, Nayfack and Wagener all scored twice and freshman midfielder Alex Leasor tacked another goal on after two assists by Robinson and one each from Nayfack and Studenka.
Carney, Diegel and junior goalkeeper Lorenzo McCar-dell led Maumee’s defense in keeping Start scoreless in the win.