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2017-10-11 / Sports

Sidney Boys’ Booters Prevail Over Walton

By Tom Coddington


PLAYING THE BALL — Vinnie Escobar of Walton and Sidney’s Ryan Arnold battle for the ball during Friday’s game. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter PLAYING THE BALL — Vinnie Escobar of Walton and Sidney’s Ryan Arnold battle for the ball during Friday’s game. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter WALTON — The Walton boys’ soccer team had the edge on shots (12-5) in Friday’s Midstate Athletic Conference on its own field, but visiting Sidney overcame the deficit by winning, 2-0.

In the early stages of the game, the two teams played about even, and with 26 minutes remaining in the first half, Sidney’s Justin McMillan tallied an unassisted goal.

At first, that did not make much difference for the W-Warriors, who got several chances to score, but every time, the ball went wide or over the goal. They also had chance early in the second half, but just five minutes and 37 seconds into the period, a Walton defensive lapse allowed the S-Warriors to score. Andy Gray crossed the ball to Nate Gorshack, who beat the hosts’ goalkeeper, Kaiden Vernold’s effort for a save.


I’LL GET IT — Walton goalkeeper Kaiden Vernold scrambles for a loose ball as teammate Zach Coviello and Sidney’s Nate Gorshack look on during Friday’s game in Walton. The visiting Warriors prevailed, 2-0, in spite of the host Warriors edge in shots. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter I’LL GET IT — Walton goalkeeper Kaiden Vernold scrambles for a loose ball as teammate Zach Coviello and Sidney’s Nate Gorshack look on during Friday’s game in Walton. The visiting Warriors prevailed, 2-0, in spite of the host Warriors edge in shots. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter The remainder of the game saw more chances for both teams, but the two defenses held off all of them.

Sidney had a slim 7-6 edge in corner kicks. Sidney goalkeeper Colin Compton was credited with 12 saves, while Vernold had three.

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