Yost’s goal lifts Warriors to sectional win vs. Waverly

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Warren’s Ethan Yost (7) races past downed Waverly keeper Levi Moore (24) and scores early in the second half. Tiger defender Dawson Horner (15) looks on. Warren won, 1-0.

VINCENT — While Warren High had the upperhand for most of the match, it would’ve preferred more goals.

The second-seeded Warriors managed just one score in a 1-0 triumph over visiting and seventh-seeded Waverly High in an Ohio Division II boys’ soccer sectional lid-lifter Thursday night.

Ethan Yost scored what proved to be the match-winner early in the second half.

“We missed a lot of chances,” Yost said. “We had a bunch of possession, but we’ve got to finish our chances, and luckily we got one in this game.”

Warren advances and is scheduled to play either Logan Elm or Circleville in a second-round game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Logan High.

“We dominated, because they (Tigers) were just staying back and kicking the ball to us,” said Warren head coach Ekrem Eksi.

“We had 90 percent possession. I don’t know how many goals we missed but we missed them because we were not there.”

Warren finished with 21 shots and nine corner kicks.

The Waverly Tigers basically packed it in on defense, and had no serious attack on the Warren goal.

Warrior keeper Thomas Williams finished with no saves but was credited with a clean sheet.

Tiger goalie Levi Moore had 10 saves.

During first-half action,Warren dictated the tempo and put the ball everywhere on the pitch but between the pipes. It was 0-0 and all Warriors.

“It’s a tournament game, and anything can happen,” Eksi said.

Early in the second half, Warren striker Kyler Gardner surged on the right flank and gave Yost a nice feed in the center. The talented sophomore took the ball, eluded a couple of Waverly defenders and the keeper, and booted it into an open net.

The goal was Yost’s 19th of the season, a team-high.

Warren continued to press the attack and nearly got another one late on Matt Modesitt’s header. But Moore tipped it over the crossbar for a Warrior corner kick.

“I’m happy we won, but I’m really disappointed with this game today,” Eksi said. “We did not finish.”