ELIDA — The Wapakoneta High School varsity boys soccer team travelled to Elida Thursday for a physical match that ended in a 0-0 draw.
Eighty minutes of tough soccer left fans from both teams cheering back and forth down to the last seconds of the match.
This was the Redskin’s first match in the Western Buckeye League, and with this tie moves to 1-0-2 on the season.
“WBL opener against Elida. Great match. Soccer. It is what it is,” Dyrness said. “Both teams had opportunities, both teams had good shots.”
Dyrness said he was happy with the game plan and the effort shown out on the field, but said the execution of the plan is still a work-in-progress.
“We’re still working on communication, we’re still working on where to send the ball. We’ll take it tonight,” Dyrness said.
Senior goalie Matt Ewing had 4 saves Thursday night, including a big diving save with one minute left in the first half.
“Matt is doing well, he’s coming along, first year keeper as a senior. He’s an aggressive kid and that’s why I like him,” Dyrness said. “He’s a lot happier today, he didn’t give any goals up. He really gets down on himself if he gives something up.”
Dyrness said the tandem of senior defenseman Alex Myers and Ewing will prove to be an effective defensive anchor for the season.
“With Myers anchoring down that defense tonight really did a tremendous job, they are starting to learn how to talk to each other,” Dyrness said. “Those two in front and behind each other, are really starting to be a really good pairing.”
Dyrness said part of the game plan was to send the ball down the left side, and to use an extra midfielder, mostly Travis Bertram, to add pressure.
“We got it down the left side a few times, but didn’t get what we wanted, we put an extra midfielder down the left side,” Dyrness.
Dyrness added that Bertram added an extra bonus playing on a small pitch, the ability to turn a throw in, into a legitimate scoring chance.
“Any time you get onto a pitch like this, it turns into a corner kick, you just try and put a head on it and see what you can do,” Dyrness said.