The Logan High School soccer team earned a 1-1 draw against Poca on a hot Saturday afternoon at home.
Logan scored its only goal on Dino Noe’s header off a corner kick by Walker Jeffrey.
“Before the game started I had in mindset to get the kids to understand to control the ball,” Logan coach Jay Trump said. “At the team meeting before kickoff I got the together and told them lets not be in such a hurry to score, lets control the ball. Whoever controls the ball the longest will win the game, so lets protect the ball and control the flow of the game.”
Trump said his team played good defense in holding Poca to only one goal.
“Before kickoff we talked over where we would be placing players because we are still fine tuning the field of players,” he said. “Our defense seems to be working pretty good with Joe Vinson leading them, also with Stephen Clemens being almost at 100 percent it’s starting to get stronger every day. Hunter Alfrey and Michael Honeycutt being in defense really helps round everything out. It seemed to work us controlling the ball for the first half, the score board was 0-0 for most of the half.”
The corner kick by Jeffery and Noe’s header ended up being Logan’s only goal.
“It was a perfect corner kick as Jeffery dropped the ball right into center of the box and right in front of the goal,” Trump said. “Dino Noe fought for position then headed the ball in with style.”
Logan led 1-0 at the half but the Dots were able to tie it up.
With temperatures in the 90s and more than 100 on the Field Turf attrition began to take its toll on both teams, Trump said.
“In the second half the heat was getting to everyone but none of the players on either team was stopping,” Trump said. “During the 19-minute mark in the second half we gave a goal up to the Dots. That took a little wind out of us but we still dug deep and fought hard to the end.”
The Wildcats (0-2-1) are scheduled to play at Mingo Central on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before taking part in the Huntington tourney this Friday and Saturday.