The Metro Rage Varsity and Junior Varsity soccer teams travelled to Fort Wayne on Thursday night for their annual match up with the Fort Wayne Fusion.
In the JV matchup, the Rage lost 2-0. Tanner Proffitt (SW) and Noah Shear (NF) shared the goal keeping duties with Proffitt allowing two goals and recording four saves. Shear recorded four saves in the second half.
Rage Assistant Coach Greg Hobson commented “I thought our kids played well tonight. Both goals were high arching shots in the opposite corner that Tanner just couldn’t get to. Our younger kids played really well in the field and we see continued improvement in them every time they play.”
In the varsity game, the Fusion scored at the 11 minute mark but the Rage countered when Heath Miller (NF) crossed a ball into the box that Mason Zolman (NF) headed towards goal. The Fusion defender was able to momentarily clear the ball outside the 18 yard box, but Junior Midfielder Josh Hobson (SW) fired a low driven ball into the net to even the score at the 24 minute mark.
The Fusion would score again two minutes later when senior Goalkeeper Julian Hobson (WB) could not control a ball that was deflected into the air and poked into the net. The Fusion would take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The Fusion scored two minutes into the second half to go up 3-1 and the Rage could not answer despite several great shots by Heath Miller (NF). The Fusion scored their final goal with four minutes remaining in the game when the Rage left a Fusion midfielder unmarked at the back post.
Rage Coach Jeff Hobson was pleased with how his team played despite the loss. “The Fusion are generally the best team we play most seasons. We have been fortunate to tie them or beat them every time we have played up to this point, but they were clearly the better team Thursday night.”
Hobson went on to compliment his teams efforts, “we talked after the game as Coaches and felt like we played the best 80 minutes of soccer we have played this year. I thought all of the seniors played exceptionally well and I was very pleased with Tanner Proffitt who played sweeper and outside back in the varsity game. I know the kids were disappointed with the outcome, but I cannot fault their effort.”
The Rage return to action on Tuesday, September 16th when they host the King’s Academy for a 5:30pm start at the Morrett Sports Complex.