Oak Glen boys continue solid play on pitch

NEW MANCHESTER – Having a full complement of players has paid big dividends for the Oak Glen boys’ soccer team.

Four players scored goals Thursday night as Oak Glen defeated Indian Creek, 4-1, at the Bears’ Den.

Justin Bailey, Nathan Fryer, Devin Polen and Jesse Lantz each tallied a goal for the Golden Bears (6-6).

“It was a great night,” Oak Glen assistant coach Jeff Sayre said. “Any win is a good win.

“We are playing good team soccer recently. We were able to continue to play good soccer tonight. It was good to see two younger players step up and get goals.”

Polen, Addison Sayre and Cody Waggoner all recorded assists for the Golden Bears. Nate Bennett made 12 saves in goal.

Max Lewis scored the lone goal game for the Redskins (5-5). Goalie Zack Barker recorded 16 saves.

“It was a bit of a rough night,” Indian Creek head coach Jonathan Hoover said. “We didn’t play up to our ability.

“It was only 1-0 at halftime, and we were encouraged by that. We were just flat in the second half.”

Oak Glen netted the first four goals.

“We have been on a great run,” coach Sayre said. “We have been playing well. The big thing is we have finally gotten everybody back healthy. Everybody is back on the field playing. We have a tough test Tuesday against East Liverpool.

“We hope we are able to stay healthy and to keep playing well.”

Indian Creek scored a late goal, but it was not enough to get back into the game.

“They played exactly how we expected them to play,” Hoover said. “We were well prepared. We played well in the first half. They were able to take control in the second half.”

The Redskins also played the way the Golden Bears thought they would play.

“Indian Creek is a young team,” coach Sayre said. “They are a great team for as young as they are.

“We played good defense. Offensively, we were able to keep pressure on them and to score goals.”

Addison Sayre assisted on Bailey’s goal. Polen assisted on Fryer’s goal. Waggoner assisted on Polen’s goal. Lantz’s goal was unassisted.

The Golden Bears opened the scoring in the second half on a goal by Fryer with 31:09 left to play in the game.

Lantz capped the scoring for Oak Glen. His goal came with 9:11 left to play in the game.

Oak Glen’s next game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at East Liverpool. Indian Creek is scheduled to return the pitch at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against John Marshall.

“We have hit a bit of a rough patch, but we have some opportunities to turn it around,” Hoover said. “We have a young team, and this is just a bump in the road. There is a learning curve.

“We want to get back on track. We have some opportunities to do that so we can do the things we want to do.”