The Metro Rage JV and Varsity soccer team traveled to Marion to Play the King’s Academy Knights last Thursday evening. The Rage came away with two victories on the evening.
In the JV game, the Rage found the back of the net early in the game as Wyatt Davis (WHS) scored on a line drive shot from the top of the 18 yard box. Aidan Benysh (WHS) would put the Rage up 2-0 eight minutes later when he slid the ball past the Knights Goalkeeper after redirecting a deflected shot.
The Rage opened the second half with a goal by Josh Bingham (WHS) who outraced his defender and took advantage of a one on one situation with the Knight’s Goalie. The Knights would get a goal of their own a few minutes later when they caught Rage Goalkeeper Parker Mays (SHS) off of his line and unable to recover in time.
The Rage would close their scoring out for the 4-1 win with Davis netting his second goal of the night at the 68 minute mark.
Rage Coach Jeremy Steele was happy with the JV team’s effort. “Our younger kids got a lot of minutes tonight and it gave us a chance to evaluate where they have improved. We were very happy with their effort tonight and saw a significant improvement from several individuals.”
In the varsity match, the Rage and the Knights played very evenly for the first 25 minutes of the match. Senior Adam Driscoll (WHS) broke the game open with a left footed volley from just outside the 18 yard box on a poor clearance of a corner kick by the Knight defenders. The Rage would score their second goal of the first half on a corner kick with less than 20 seconds left in the first half. Senior Josh Hobson (SHS) sent in a high arcing ball that found Noah Shear (NHS) in front of the Knight’s goal. Shear redirected the ball from Hobson past the goalie before he could react to give the Rage a 2-0 halftime lead.
Hobson would open the scoring in the second half with a direct kick from 25 yards out that deflected off of a Knight defender and into the back of the net. The Knights were awarded a penalty kick at the 57 minute mark for a handball in the 18 yard box by a Rage defender. King’s Academy Senior Matt Miner took the PK but sent it wide of Rage Goalkeeper Tanner Proffitt (SHS) who already had four saves by that point of the game.
Driscoll recorded his second goal of the night with three minutes left in the game when he banged home a low driven ball from just outside the 18 yard box to secure a 4-0 win for the Rage.
Rage Coach Jeff Hobson was pleased with the intensity his varsity showed on the field. “It was a pretty physical game but I felt like our kids just stepped up and matched the intensity level. It was hot and I think our conditioning played a factor in the outcome. I felt like my seniors showed great leadership tonight. Adam Driscoll is a defender and gets very little opportunities to score and he scores twice. Adam Denney (SHS) was all over the field and physically dispossessed several players with just his effort.”
Hobson went on to say “Noah Shear and Josh Hobson played in the midfield with Adam Denney and I thought those three totally controlled the game. We’ve been playing Noah as a forward but I moved him back to midfield tonight and really liked how he played.”
The Rage travel to North Manchester on Wednesday for a rematch with the Squire JV team. Rage Coach Bill Benysh commented that “they beat us pretty handily in the first week of the season. I’m anxious to see if we have improved enough to play with them for 70 minutes.”