The first win of the season is in the books for Washington boys soccer.
It was a long night for the Blue Jays (1-1), but it ended up with Washington getting into the win column Tuesday on the road at Sullivan (1-2-1) with a 2-1 victory.
In total, between travel, the varsity and JV games, not having officials ready at the scheduled start of the JV game and a couple of injury timeouts during the varsity game, the team’s trip to the southern border of Franklin County lasted approximately seven hours.
When the varsity was finally able to get on the field after 7 p.m., senior Micheal Andrews found the net twice for Washington in the contest to lift the Blue Jays over the Eagles. Zach Subke had one assist.
“Sullivan has a veteran team with several players who are on their third year of varsity,” Washington Head Coach Derek Schreiwer said. “So, we knew we were in for a tough match that was going to challenge our young team. In the first 10 minutes Sullivan controlled possession and looked very comfortable on the ball, but by the 15th minute we had turned the tables and were controlling the tempo and keeping them at midfield. Michael was working effectively at striker and blocked a clearance by a Sullivan defender. (He) picked up the loose ball, cruised into the box and tucked it past the Sullivan goalkeeper.”
Schriewer said the game was evenly played following Andrews’ first goal and that the Eagles are a much-improved squad.
“This is the best Sullivan team I’ve ever coached against,” Schriewer said. “With them being in a class below us, our team is wishing the best of luck to them with the rest of their season. In my mind, they could be a local team that makes a run in the postseason this year if they can pull together strong efforts like that all season. (I’m) very happy to play them early in the season now, and I will be hoping to see positive results for them through November.”
The Blue Jays again struck first in the second half as Andrews completed his brace.
“At halftime, we discussed eliminating lapses and preventing our own mistakes gifting them opportunities,” Schriewer said. “We wanted to get ahold of more loose balls and try to protect the lead through possession. From the kickoff, we played very organized and controlled the tempo of the game. We found ourselves in one-on-one situations around half field and eventually won a free kick along the right flank about 40 yards out. Zack Subke took the free kick and served a wonderful ball beyond the Sullivan backline that found Michael Andrews who was flying through the air for a diving header, which then found the far post side netting. High quality goal from two very classy high school players.”
Sullivan responded with its only goal a couple of minutes later on a header by Andrew Bell.
Washington was unable to capitalize on its attempts to push the lead back to two goals.
“We had several good opportunities on the counter to make it 3-1,” Schriewer said. “Timmy Boehlein received a great through ball from Michael that found him with two Sullivan defenders chasing him into the box. He calmly cut inside to find a path to goal but the ball sailed just over the post. The pace of the rest of the game was controlled by Sullivan who were very good at bringing a bouncing ball into possession. Our defense battled well and held on to the 2-1 win.”
Senior goalkeeper Ottmar Escalante recorded the win with seven saves. Blake Dautenhahn took the loss for Sullivan in the net after going 5-7 in save attempts.
The Blue Jays are next in action Tuesday at the Pacific Tournament where Washington meets Rolla in the first round at 5:45 p.m.