By Bill Bray
FREMONT – The Boys’ Soccer team used to second half goals to complete their third tie of the season. This time with Toledo Whitmer
The first half was a defensive struggle for the first 28 minutes until Toledo Whitmer’s Husien Aki Abbas was good with a penalty kick at the 12:18. That was all the
Whitmer’s JJ Aiken added a second goal early in the second half hitting the ball to the right side of the north goal with 36:54 left on the clock.
Ross’ coach, Alex Coressel, was unhappy with his team’s first half play. “I was very unhappy with the first half. We had no energy, effort, or challenge. We had nothing.”
The coach went over some things with the team during the 10-minute half time session and his words seem to have made a difference in his team over the second 40 minutes.
After Whitmer’s second goal it was Fremont’s job to crawl out of the hole that they dug for themselves and try to come back. They did just that. “The second half was high pressure and playing the way we wanted to play the entire game,” Coressel continued. “It showed with the fact that we scored two goals in the second half.”
The Giants did have some costly injuries during the second half of play. The Ross goalie, Logan Baacke left the game after suffering what appeared to be an injured sternum. The second loss on defense was that of freshman Gabe Wensinger. The Ross freshman collided with a Whitmer player, and both had to leave the contest. It appears Wensinger suffered a head injury in the collision.
Coressel gave credit to his team. “I was happy the way kids stepped up after the two losses we had. Cole (Kinsey) stepped up in goal and had a nice save and the guys in the midfield stepping up and doing what they were supposed to do.”
Fremont’s two goals came from the foot of Connor Growel. The first Growel goal came on a penalty kick with just over 26 minutes to go. The Giants then tied the game up on the second Growel goal this time on an assist from Carter Rodriguez.
“It was a very mixed bag. It was one of those games that could go either way and it worked out that we clawed back into it and tied it.”
With the tie, the Giants sit at 5-4-3 on the season and will be back in action Thursday as they travel to Springfield High School.