Prep soccer: Warren, Logan tie 1-1

VINCENT – The Warren Warriors had twice as many opportunities for goals as the Logan Chieftans did Tuesday night in a South Eastern Ohio Athletic League contest at Warren High School.

Unfortunately for head coach Andrew Johnson and his Warriors, they were able to convert on just one of those 18 chances as they played to a 1-1 tie with the Chieftains.

“That seems to be our calling card of late against good teams,” said Johnson, of his squad which got off 18 shots on goal compared to just nine for Logan. “We out shoot them, get more chances, and just seem to have a lapse that costs us.”

Of those nine shots that Logan did get off in the game, only three required a save by Warren keeper Tyler Schwendeman.

Warren spent most of the first ten minutes of the game deep in Logan territory only to come up empty on it’s first four shots on goal while Logan connected on it initial shot.

Caleb Stallsmith’s kick from way outside the box bounced off the tips of the fingers of Schwendeman and into the net to give the Chieftains the 1-0 lead with 30 minutes to play.

It took the Warriors less than a minute to get even with Logan as Alex Miller scored on an assist from Carter Magers.

Warren got off eight shots in the opening half while Logan managed just four.

Miller had another decent look at the goal with three minutes to play in the first half only to see his kick bounce off the goal and out of play.

The second half would prove to be more of the same as the Warriors consistently had Logan on the back of their heels only to be denied time after time.

Chieftain goalie Cody Wilson came up with eight keeper saves in the game, including several in the final 20 minutes to preserve the tie.

“Cody came up big with some really big saves,” said Logan head coach Ian Riddlebarger. “We bent a little bit but I felt like we didn’t break at the back end.”

A header attempt by Cole Miller on a pass from Alex Miller was blocked by Wilson with 30 minutes to play in the game.

Logan was assessed three penalties in a matter of two minutes but once again Warren came up empty on all three penalty kicks.

It appeared Alex Miller might collect the go ahead goal with 13:30 to go as he beat the Logan defense but his kick was wide right and the game remained locked up. Much like a prize fight down the stretch the Warriors took shot after shot at the goal, but Wilson was able to take the Warren punch and remain standing at the end.

Johnson was disappointed with the tie and the inconsistency of his young team.

“For some reason we will have one good game and the next one we are just not there,” said Johnson. “Lack of consistency is our weakness right now.”

Riddlebarger was quite impressed with the young Warren squad and pleased to get out on Vincent with a tie.

“They lost a lot of players from last year and I didn’t expect them to be quite this strong,” said Riddlebarger of the Warriors. “Coming down here to their place we definitely did not get off to a good start but we settled in a little bit and I am happy to get out of here with a draw.”

The tie leaves Logan with a season record of 5-2-3 and a 3-0-2 mark in the SEOAL, while the Warriors record goes to 6-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play.

The Warriors will return to action Thursday when they travel to Athens to battle the Bulldogs in another conference matchup.