In there first year as a varsity sport, Evergreen boys soccer got a first win in the NWOAL as the Vikings rebounded from a 1-0 deficit to take a one goal lead, then used a huge save from sophomore goalie Jon Burnep in the final minutes to score a 2-1 win over Liberty Center Thursday.
“The boys played very, very well tonight,” Evergreen coach Ned Monroe said. “After being right there the last couple games, everything came together tonight. This one feels really good.”
Wesley Wymer put Liberty Center on the board with 18:18 left in the first half when he got one in from about 30 yards out just under the crossbar.
Six minutes later Evan Lumbrezer had Evergreen’s first really good chance but Ryan Tonjes stopped his shot from the left point to keep the Vikings scoreless.
That changed at the 8:20 mark when Alex Peete crossed in front and beat Tonjes to tie the game at 1-1.
The score stayed that way until the 26:38 mark of the second half.
Peete punched a pass ahead to Lumbrezer streaking down the middle and the sophomore went left-to-right and fired one into the back of the net for a 2-1 Evergreen lead.
“Alex and Evan really stepped up tonight,” Monroe said. “They made plays to create shots and then converted two of the them which was good enough for us to win.
“Ben Schwan and other players we have in there, they are starting to make great passes and we are getting better scoring chances.”
Liberty Center had one more great chance when Wymer was in front with about three minutes left, but Burnep made a sprawling save to preserve the victory.
“I don’t know where we would be without him,” Monroe said of his sophomore goalie. “He has done a great job back there. He has instincts that you can’t teach.
“Guys are finally starting to understand their positions and we are really getting into a better groove system-wise than a couple months ago when we first started.”
The win over Liberty Center was the second of the season overall for the Vikings.
Evergreen (2-8) travels to Wauseon (4-2-3) Tuesday for another NWOAL contest.
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