With one week remaining in the regular season, Washington concluded its GAC Central schedule with home losses to Holt and Ft. Zumwalt East.
The Blue Jays (3-16-1, 0-8) suffered home losses Tuesday to Holt 1-0 and Thursday to Ft. Zumwalt East, 2-1.
“We’re playing much better soccer in our recent games. I feel bad for our guys. They’ve put in a lot of effort and we’re just not putting wins togther like we want to,” said Washington Head Coach Derek Schriewer. “The first time we played Ft. Zumwalt East, we lost 7-0. This time, it was a one-goal game. At least we can take something from that.”
Washington has road games Monday at St. Charles and Tuesday at Timberland starting at 5 p.m.
For the four-team Class 3 District 2 Tournament at Troy High School, the Blue Jays are seeded fourth and play top-seeded Timberland Monday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. Second-seeded Holt plays third-seeded Troy following Washington’s game.
The championship match is Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m.
The lone goal in Washington’s match against Holt came approximately five minutes into the second half when the Indians scored on a penalty kick.
“We had a lot of chances in the first half and felt we should have had the lead at halftime,” said Schriewer. “In the second half, one of their strikers got behind us a couple of times and one of them resulted in a penalty kick, which they scored on.”
Jake Whitworth was in goal for the Blue Jays and made eight saves.
“We played right with them in the second half. They just got the opportunity on the penalty kick. Colter Bonnarens created some scoring chances at striker. Sam Lenger played well on the wing,” Schriewer said. “It was senior night. All of our seniors stepped up and did a good job communicating. We’re close to getting to where we want to be.”
Washington defeated Holt in the junior varsity game.
Ft. Zumwalt East
With the score tied 1-1, Ft. Zumwalt East scored midway through the second half and made it hold up in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
“We wanted to make it a close game and were able to do that,” Schriewer said. “We probably had 60 percent or more of the possession. Our guys played hard for the entire game.”
Justin Schuttenberg scored the Blue Jays’ goal on an assist from Corbin Voyles, which tied the game 1-1 approximately 10 minutes into the second half.
Whitworth made 16 saves in goal.
“Corbin played a heck of a game. Steven Beerman set up a lot of chances,” Schriewer said. “Across the board, we played well. It was a well-played game.”
Washington’s JV team scored 10 seconds into the game to defeat FZE, 1-0.