BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Anthony Wayne’s boys soccer team scored the most goals of its undefeated season on September 3, when it defeated visiting Maumee, 10-0.
The Generals wasted no time establishing control of the contest, as senior back Jake Rivera helped to keep the ball on the Panthers’ side of the field, where senior forwards Zach Mowka and Aidan Zimmerman fired two quick shots off in the first 1:09.
AW followed when senior midfielder Griffin Cook converted a corner kick from Jagger Haney – still in the second minute.
The next 10 minutes proved to be more of a defensive battle between Generals senior backs Eric Rasmusson and Brody Sahloff and Maumee midfielder Andrew Studenka, fellow senior back Khoal Williams, junior goalkeeper Isaac Tolbert and classmates and midfielders Lucas Baril and Colin Wedge.
Eventually, though, Anthony Wayne’s offense broke back through when Zimmerman followed a Mowka miss with a 12th-minute goal.
Junior Joey Yeager continued to provide the Panthers with solid defense as the game continued, but senior midfielder Mateo Morante pushed the score to 3-0 by scoring on a Zimmerman assist in the 13th minute.
With Anthony Wayne still in control, Mowka went on to score a fourth Generals goal on a Rivera assist in the 16th minute.
Mowka, Sahloff and sophomore forward Jacob Copley combined to take five more shots over the next eight minutes, but Tolbert managed to keep the score where it was at with the help of Williams and junior defender Aidan McGann.
Tolbert made his seventh save on another AW attempt in the 25th minute, but Mowka rebounded his own shot before placing it into the Maumee net for his second goal of the night.
Less than four minutes later, Copley scored on an assist from Haney to give the Generals a 6-0 advantage.
Panthers junior T.J. Carney continued to play hard as the half wound down, but Anthony Wayne ultimately added another goal before halftime.
Following more misses from Sahloff, senior midfielder Jacob Sarnes, junior forward Jorey Rees and sophomore midfielder Collin Parker, junior forward Shamarr Lipinski got into the scoring action on an assist from senior forward Kobe Ball.
Junior back Lucas Trost gave the Generals immediate control to start the second half, allowing Rees to score an eighth goal just 45 seconds in.
Lipinski then scored his second goal on an assist from senior back Alex Neumann while the game was still in is 41st minute.
From there, AW coach Brian Billings took his foot off the proverbial offensive gas pedal, leading to a 36:00 defensive battle between the Generals’ Neumann, Parker, Trost, junior midfielder Aidan Forde and classmate and back Zain Hamid and Maumee’s Carney, McGann, Studenka, Tolbert, Yeager, freshmen midfielders Noah Armstrong and Jackson Becker and freshman keeper Diego Barboza.
Lipinski, Rees, Sarnes and senior back Ian Adkins still all managed shots over the stretch, which ultimately ended with AW’s 10th and final goal on an assist from Lipinski to Zimmerman in the 78th minute.
The Generals ended up outshooting the Panthers 32-6 as they improved to 4-0-1 (2-0 in Northern Lakes League play).
Senior keeper Eric Dress recorded a first-half save for Anthony Wayne and classmate Thomas Abraham posted two more in the second half. Senior back Owen Diettrich also helped the Generals defense to its fourth shutout of the season.
Sophomores Alex Leasor and J.P. Wagner combined with Studenka and Wedge to provide Maumee’s shots on a night in which Tolbert racked up 16 saves and Barboza added another.
Maumee 1, Bryan 1
Four days later, the Panthers pushed their season record to 1-3-3 by tying visiting Bryan 1-1.
McGann again led Maumee’s defense throughout the game’s opening half, allowing Carney to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a goal from outside the box.
The Golden Bears eventually tied things up by converting a second-half corner kick.
Bryan nearly scored the winning goal in the 75th minute, but Tolbert laid out to record a crucial point-blank save.