MILLBURY — Wauseon jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime, then after a valiant effort from Central Catholic to tie it, Benicio Torres’ go-ahead goal and a stingy effort from their defense awarded them with a 4-3 win in a Division II boys soccer district semifinal at Lake High School Monday night.
“I think it was very hard defending against that wind (Monday) night and I’m sure both teams would agree with that,” said Wauseon Coach Casey Elson. “We knew at half they would come back with a big punch. When they tied it we knew we had to find the offense we got away from a little bit in the second half. Benicio Torres’ goal was a beautiful shot from outside the 18. He has talked all year with me about proving himself as one of the best players in this area, and I think he’s doing a really good job at that.”
Scoring first half goals for the Indians were Gavin Gerig, Braden Vajen and Clay Soltis. Assists went to Joel Gray and Torres.
After Torres’ goal, the Wauseon defense did a nice job keeping the Fighting Irish off the board in the final 17 plus minutes.
“In a game you give up three goals you don’t like to say your defense did great but once you give up three goals so quickly like that, it’s easy to fold over and keep giving up more and they fought until the last second,” Elson said. “I thought our defense and keeper Joel Gray did a tremendous job at keeping that lead with just under 17 minutes to go.
“It was for sure one of our best all-around team wins we have had at Wauseon High School, and we had to have it to defeat a team like Central Catholic — a three-peat district champion.”
Wauseon next takes on the top seed in the district, Sandusky Perkins, on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Lake for the district championship.