ELIDA – When playing in a District Semifinal you have to expect a fight and that’s what Shawnee and Kenton did on Tuesday night.
The game, Shawnees head coach Ryan Quatman said, could have gone one way or the other.
Thanks to junior striker Sam Tenwalde, the Indians won 1-0.
The physical game between the conference opponents was all the two coaches expected.
“Jamie (Kenton’s head coach Bartlett) always has his team ready to play. It just seemed like the keys were off tonight. We had a lot of chances and so did they. Kenton is in every game they play, ”Quatman said.
Tenwalde’s second-half goal came on a throw-in from senior midfielder Connor Neidemire with 25:39 to go.
Indian Defense had an answer to whatever Kenton threw at it. Quatman praised his defense, including rookie Caleb Miller, who drops several inches and a few pounds while playing fullback.
“Caleb was a nice addition as a freshman. He plays like a junior. He’s had his older brothers to beat him for years and years, so he comes here and he’s home, ”Quatman said.
In the first half, Kenton chose to go into the wind and took it early to the Indians.
Bartlett said: “We were excited about the opportunity and thought we had a great game plan, and we thought we could keep them aimless for a little while and frustrate them. Our defense was up to the task. They performed exceptionally well. We wanted Shawnee to work hard for whatever they get. I’m starting a large group of four-year-olds – Brent Rader, Asher Bridenstein, Kyle Kirk, and Tristan Speirs. We were just missing one goal tonight. It’s (Shawnee) a good team, ”he said.
The Wildcats fell to 9-3-6, with two of their losses against Shawnee. Indians live to play another day. Shawnee, 17-1, faces St. Marys, a 5-1 winner over Ottawa-Glandorf, for the district title on Thursday.
After Monday’s washout, less-than-ideal conditions could be expected on the football field, but the pitch was in good condition, but a little soft, according to Quatman.
“We were happy to play the first game tonight. Elida will have work on the ground to prepare it for Thursday, ”he said.
Shawnee’s Austin Miller directs the ball against Kenton’s Devin Miller in the Division II District semi-final on Tuesday night in Elida. See more boys soccer photos on LimaScore.com.
Shawnee’s Sam Tenwalde flies off against Kenton’s Tristan Speirs in the Division II district semi-final on Tuesday night in Elida.
Shawnee’s Connor Neidemire, right, plays a header against Kenton’s Ethan Yoder in the Division II district semi-final on Tuesday night in Elida.
Shawnee’s Jake Miller (12) and Kenton’s Seth Manns face off in the Division II district semi-final on Tuesday night in Elida.
Shawnee’s Anthony Best, right, plays a header against Kenton’s Ethan Yoder in the Division II district semi-final on Tuesday night in Elida.
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