2015-08-27 / Sports

Owen Valley Opens Season With 6-1 Boys’ Soccer Win Over WRV

Staff Report

Corbin Wrightsman Corbin Wrightsman Season-opening jitters may have led to a 1-1 tie at the half, but Owen Valley quickly gained its footing to secure a 6-1 win at White River Valley (WRV) on Tuesday to start the 2015 boys’ soccer season.

The Patriots were up against a co-ed group of Wolverines in just their second season of soccer. Not only was WRV a bit more inexperienced than the Patriots, the Wolverines also fielded a team made up of just nine players. A total of 11 positions comprise a fully fielded team.

While OV found the opposing net at the 12-minute mark of the first half on a Corbin Wrightsman goal, the Patriot defense allowed a WRV goal before intermission to even the score.

OV senior goalkeeper Brayton Wyatt recorded four saves on the night, but allowed the goal from WRV’s Bobby Gorby less than a minute before the half to tie the game at 1-1.

Wrightsman got OV back in front shortly after the halftime break, 2-1, and increased the team’s advantage to 3-1 at the 22-minute mark of the second half. His fourth goal of the night came with 21 minutes left to play, giving OV a 4-1 lead.

“(Wrightsman) was on fire,” OV coach Landon Leichter said.

The Patriots received another score from junior Connor Fulk from about 30 yards out to go up 5-1 and Tanner Ray added the final goal for the 6-1 win. OV received assists on goals from Devon Fluet, Cole Boyd, and Ray.

“We’re definitely happy to start the season with a win, the kids deserve it. We played a little shaky to begin with, I think there were a lot of nerves with some of our new players,” Leichter added. “After the first half we calmed down and played out like we should have.”

OV will be back in action today, Thursday, at home against Western Indiana Conference opponent Sullivan in a boys-girls double feature. The boys’ game will get underway at 4:45 p.m., with the girls’ matchup to follow around 6:30 p.m. All home games will again be played at McCormick’s Creek Elementary School.

The Patriots will be at home again on Saturday, August 29 for an 11:00 a.m. match against Shoals (0-2).

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