It was a great night for the Logan High School soccer team which celebrated Wednesday night’s Senior Night by blanking Lincoln County 1 to nil at Logan Stadium.
Logan improved to 6-10-1 on the season ahead of next week’s Class AA/A sectionals. It was the second straight win for the Wildcats, which had blanked Tug Valley 4-0 earlier in the week.
“What a night for soccer,” Logan coach Jay Trump said. “It was a defensive night on both teams. Both teams played very aggressive and physical. There was nothing to lose and the Wildcats put it all out there.”
Senior players Austin Thompson and Kyle Fleming were honored on the soccer pitch before the match.
“For a couple of seniors it was going to be their last time that they will be playing on their home field as Wildcats,” Coach Trump said. “For Austin Thompson and Kyle Fleming stepping their home field as the first time soccer team and those steps lead to a great and hard fought win, but it would be their last steps also on their home field. With both of them being seniors they both picked up the sport and wanted to learn and play it to the best of their skill levels would allow them. And from the first game vs. Nitro to their last season game vs. LCHS you could see a big improvement.”
Trump said many of his players learned soccer on the fly.
“You have to remember we had players that never played the sport and they hung in there to the end and learned a lot of the respect from coaches, players and fans,” Trump said. “These two seniors were a part of a pack that decided to play and become really good players. Great job to both of them for hanging in there and completing the season when at times was a very hard learning curve for them.”
Trump said his team played well against the Panthers.
“Lincoln County brought a team that plays with high levels of energy and a very physical team,” he said. “The Panthers and Wildcats fought all night long. Both teams played after every loose ball. There were several shots on goal on both ends but if the defense didn’t pick the shot off the goalies were at their top of their games. Walter Macamara had several great saves for the Wildcats. It was one of those games where we talked and helped one another out. We have a great team and last night showed how good we can be. I’ve learned trying to get the kids to believe in themselves getting them to trust one another has been a learning curve for us and them.”
Dino Noe scored the only goal for Logan.
“Dino Noe had a break away in the first half around the 30-yard marker on the field,” Trump said. “He was able to pull away from a defender while getting his jersey held and was able to get a shot off and with power it hit the back of the net. It was a great shot and with the rotation of the ball it curved in flight making the goalie misjudge the ball. That was the only shot from both teams that was able to find its mark. It was a great night to be a Wildcat soccer player and soccer fan. The team played hard and came out with a win.”
Logan is now scheduled to play at Poca on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the Class AA/A sectional tournament.
Logan is the No. 6 seed.
LHS tied Poca 1-1 earlier in the season at home.
The Dots stand at 8-5-5 on the season after playing Lincoln County to a draw on Monday at Hamlin.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).