-- — The weather was perfect for soccer as the Union County Patriots visited Oldenburg Academy Tuesday evening.
The Twisters emerged with a 4-2 victory.
Neither team got much going on the offensive end early in the match.
Oldenburg Academy’s Josh Smith finally broke the ice with a goal at the 29:42 mark of the first half on a steal in OA’s attacking third.
Taylor Reed came up with the second one late in the first half off a redirect inside the 18 yard box, according to coach Ken Getz.
The first half ended with the Twisters holding on to a 2-0 advantage.
“We decided to give Luke Wilger some time on the field the second half as we pulled him from goal,” Getz commented. “We have been talking about our defense clearing the ball out of the back when in trouble.
“This finally got us as we failed to do this early in the second half,” he added.
The Patriots capitalized on their opportunity and cut the lead in half within the first three minutes of the second period.
Will Geis took over after that and scored two goals – one at the 22:07 mark and the other at 26:29. Both goals were off rebounds inside the six yard box.
“Both of these goals happened because Will didn’t give up on the play,” Getz commented. “This is something I have been telling him for three plus years now.”
Union County got a late goal on a nice shot from just outside the box on the right side to make it a 4-2 outcome.
“We were able to get all 20 players in the game and the subs did a good job,” Getz noted. “This was good to see as these boys keep getting better they will push the starters ... competition is good.”