The Washington Blue Lion soccer team led from the start during an SCOL match against visiting Hillsboro Tuesday evening.
In the end, Washington came away with a 6-4 victory.
At halftime, Washington held a 3-1 lead.
The Blue Lions scored just two minutes into the match when Nate Horton got the ball to Eli Ruth for the goal.
Jack Luebbe scored the second goal for the Blue Lions (unassisted) to make it 2-0.
Blaise Tayese scored to make it 3-0, with the assist to Ethan Smith.
Hillsboro’s Quinn Conlon converted a penalty kick with five minutes to play before the half for the 3-1 score.
“Except for giving up the penalty kick, we were doing really well,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said of his team’s first half play. “We wanted to do more of the same in the second half and break the game open.”
Washington scored five minutes into the second half.
“That was a really hard shot by Jack that deflected off the keeper and Blaise put it in to finish,” Teter said. That gave Washington a 4-1 lead.
Hillsboro was not going quietly, however.
The Indians scored two goals, including another penalty kick by Conlon, to make it 4-3 with 16 minutes to play.
“So then things get intense, because they are back in the game,” Teter said.
“But, Blaise scored one down the right side, with the assist to Jordan Behm,” Teter said. “That gave us a little bit of breathing room.”
Tayese scored unassisted with two minutes to play, giving him the hat trick (three goals).
Hillsboro scored for the final time with 43 seconds to play in the match for what would be the final, 6-4.
In goal for Washington, Brian Wilson had nine saves.
Washington had 14 shots to 10 for Hillsboro.
The top team in the SCOL, Wilmington, visists Washington High School for the final time in boys soccer Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Blue Lions are now 6-5 overall, 5-4 in the SCOL.
Elsewhere in the SCOL Tuesday, Miami Trace beat McClain, 2-0.
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