Wilmington soccer beats Panthers, 4-1


By Chris Hoppes - [email protected]



Miami Trace’s Blake Pittser (15) ‘heads’ the ball while guarded by Wilmington’s Sam Spirk (7) during an SCOL match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Also pictured for Miami Trace are Adam Ginn (0) and Elijah Campbell (4).


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Thursday marked what is likely to be the final time that the Wilmington High School soccer team will play on the field at Miami Trace High School, with the league disbanding at the end of the current school year.

Miami Trace played the top team in the league and gave it all they had.

However, in the end, Wilmington won the match, 4-1 to stay undefeated in SCOL play.

Miami Trace scored what proved to be their only goal of the match on a penalty kick by Blake Pittser at the 26:39 mark of the first half.

Ethan Conn drew the penalty, according to Miami Trace assistant coach Sean Sweeney.

Wilmington tied the match at the 13:26 mark on a penalty kick by Sam Spirk.

The match was tied, 1-1 at the half.

In the second half, Spirk converted a second penalty kick at the 20:16 mark.

Wilmington scored on a header from a throw-in at the 15:26 mark. That goal was by Charlie Shoemaker.

Wilmington finished the scoring at the 8:58 mark with a goal by Seth Gundlach.

Wilmington had 16 shots on goal; Miami Trace had seven shots.

Miami Trace goalkeeper Tim Kinzler had 10 saves.

“It was a pretty well-played game, for the most part,” Miami Trace assistant coach Sean Sweeney said. “There were three penalty kicks issued in the game. Their last goal came when we were trying to get some of our reserves in to get some playing time.

“Wilmington is the best team in the league for a reason,” Sweeney said. “We knew coming in that they would be the team to beat. The only teams we’ve lost to in the league are the top two teams, Chillicothe and Wilmington.

Miami Trace (now 6-4-1 overall, 2-4-1 in the SCOL) will host McClain Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Miami Trace’s Blake Pittser (15) ‘heads’ the ball while guarded by Wilmington’s Sam Spirk (7) during an SCOL match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Also pictured for Miami Trace are Adam Ginn (0) and Elijah Campbell (4).
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_MT-boys-soccer-vs-Wilmington-9-22-2016.jpgMiami Trace’s Blake Pittser (15) ‘heads’ the ball while guarded by Wilmington’s Sam Spirk (7) during an SCOL match at Miami Trace High School Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Also pictured for Miami Trace are Adam Ginn (0) and Elijah Campbell (4). Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

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Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1

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