Eagles top Panthers soccer with one goal

Adam Larck
Kieran Lynch clears the ball away from a Washington defender as Ryan Kocher looks on. Dunlap won, 1-0, on Sept. 6 at Dunlap Stadium.

One goal is all it took for the Dunlap boys soccer team to handle Washington on Sept. 6.

Well, that and a bit of luck, according to Dunlap coach Allan Hansen.

“I think we were lucky,” Hansen said. “I think Washington played extremely hard. They came at us and we didn’t react really well to it. I think we’re fortunate to get that goal and get the win.”

The first half went by with a few shots by both teams, but with the score remaining, 0-0.

In the second half, Washington opened up with a missed shot before Dunlap’s Andrew McMillan scored in the 52nd minute with an assist from Trevor Cross to make it 1-0.

The Eagles had another try at the goal three minutes later, but could not capitalize.

The next 10 minutes saw two Dunlap players receiving yellow cards, while Washington earned one.

Hansen said the physicality of the game was not expected.

“No. I guess that kind of took us by surprise,” he said. “It’s usually a good, solid game.”

Both teams finished with 13 fouls apiece.

With 8:27 left in the game, Washington’s Mason McCoy had a shot on goal that Austin Wagner managed to get a hand on the ball and knock out of bounds.

Washington could not capitalize on the corner kick, and the Eagles cleared the ball.

“I think my keeper played really strong tonight,” Hansen said.

Wagner had two other saves in the last three minutes, including a save with 1:42 left off a throw-in.

“We’re real blessed this year,” Hansen said. “We have three keepers that are really pushing each other and playing hard. He’s just stepped up and has been pretty consistent for us.

“He had the game tonight, so you just go with the hot hand.”

Wagner finished with seven saves.

Overall, the Eagles had four shots on goal.

“It was a good win,” he said. “I’m happy for the win.”

On Sept. 3, three goals in the first half helped Batavia seal a 4-0 win against Dunlap.

The Eagles had five shots on goal, while Austin Wagner and Austin Lopez combined for six saves.