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The Wapakoneta Redskins scored eight goals in a winning effort in their second straight game Thursday, as they defeated the Kenton Wildcats, 8-0, in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer game on the artificial turf at Harmon Field.
“We were able to control the middle of the field, and at that point in time, it was a track meet,” Wapak varsity coach Keith Rambin said.
Thursday’s win gave Wapak a 1-0 start in Western Buckeye League action and moved its season record to 3-0.
The Redskins posted three first-half goals Thursday, with junior Sam Hinegardner having a role in each.
Hinegardner tallied bookended goals of his own with an assist to Alex Lause for Wapak’s three goals before halftime. Hinegardner added his third goal of the game midway through the second half. Nathan Kremer posted Wapak’s first goal after halftime, with an assist from Collin Lenhart, to make the score 4-0.
Lause added his second goal to give Wapak a 5-0 lead.
Lenhart scored on a Hinegardner assist for the Redskins’ seventh goal.
Luke Williams notched Wapak’s final goal at 1:08 in the second half.
Rambin commented on the win in his team’s WBL opener.
“It’s important, but Kalida was important, and Temple Christian was important, too,” Rambin said. “It’s a long season, but we’re happy with our 3-0 start.”
Through three games this season, the Redskins have scored 21 goals. Last season’s team scored just 20 times last season.
Rambin explained how he believes his philosophy has led to increased scoring.
“My philosophy is a lot different. I would rather play an up-tempo, fast-paced game,” Rambin said. “I changed to this formation, not for any other reason than because we don’t have a lot of depth. A lot of teams run a traditional 4-4-2, which requires a lot of running.
“My attackers are only running half of the field, and my defenders are only defending half of the field. When the ball is up there, my attackers are getting rest. When the ball is down there, my defenders are getting rest.”
Kaleb Miller saved four shots on goal Thursday for Wapak.
Through three games this season, Wapak has allowed just one goal.
Wapak will play Indian Lake in a non-league road contest Saturday at 7 p.m.
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