By Rob Kiser
Even though the game didn’t net the result Piqua boys soccer coach Danny Henry was hoping for Saturday against Kenton Ridge at Wertz Stadium, Henry definitely saw some things the Indians can build on after a 3-2 loss.
“Nothing against Kenton Ridge, but I didn’t feel like we played our best soccer today,” Henry said. “I feel like we have a tendency to wait until we are behind to step up.”
In the first half, both teams were able to put two goals on the board, with speedy freshman Cade Lyman scoring twice for Piqua.
He started the scoring by outrunning the Cougars to a ball sent down the field by Jared Brandt and putting it in the net at the 30:13 mark.
“Cade (Lyman) is just a freshman, but he has the potential to be one of the fastest guys in the GWOC,” Henry said. “He showed that on that play.”
The Cougars Colin Foley answered with two goals to give Kenton Ridge the lead.
The first came in a crowd in front of the goal less than two minutes after Lyman had given Piqua the lead.
The second came on a free kick from just outside the box with five minutes left in the half.
Piqua was able to answer in the final minute of the first half.
After Brandt did a nice job moving the ball down the field, Bradley Hohlbein fired a rocket at the net. The goalie could only deflect it and Lyman was there for the follow with 46.6 seconds to go in the half.
“That is one of the things we are always telling the kids about,” Henry said. “There is always a chance the goalie won’t catch the ball cleanly, so you need to follow your shots.”
After Colton Jackson gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead with 27:10.9 remaining in the game, Kenton Ridge changed its strategy.
“They have one of the best players we are going to see (Colin Foley),” Henry said. “After they got the lead, they moved him back on defense.”
That made it virtually impossible for Piqua to make a serious run at the goal.
“The game wasn’t over when they took the lead,” Henry said. “We had a lot of offensive runs in the second half, we just didn’t get it in the goal. But, that effort the kids know what we need to do.”
While Kenton Ridge improved to 2-0, Piqua dropped to 1-2 with home games with West Carrollton and Fairmont this week.
On Tuesday, Piqua JVs will play Tippecanoe before the West Carrollton game, while on Thursday, Piqua will play Fairmont in a JV/varsity doubleheader.
Action starts both nights at 5:30 p.m.
“West Carrollton is a team that truthfully we should be better than,” Henry said. “Last year we tied Fairmont. That is the only time a Piqua team has tied or beaten Fairmont as far as I know. So, I am sure they are going to come in here fired up. It is a week than can go either way.”
And Henry hopes it will go Piqua’s way this time.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.