The Waukee Warriors boys’ soccer team hosted the Ankeny Hawks on Tuesday, May 9. The Warriors defeated the Hawks in a rough, hard fought game 1-0.
The game immediately began with a foul called against the Warriors that gave the Hawks a free kick. This didn’t stop the Warriors from holding possession of the ball and within five minutes, the Warriors had squeezed two shots in.
Although the missed shots gave Hawks’ goalie Zach Young two goal kicks, the Warriors regained possession again and stayed in control of the ball when the Hawks had two fouls called against them.
The Warriors defense was strong and hardly gave the Hawks a chance at controlling the ball to bring it down the field. One slip up did allow a shot by the Hawks, just to have it saved by keeper Wesley Sanders.
Soon after the shot, the Warriors had an offsides call that allowed the Hawks to control the ball again but not for long.
The ball went up and down the field a few more times before a foul called on the Hawks allowed Max McLaughlin a shot. McLaughlin’s shot just missed the net, but bounced back directly to the Warriors.
Three more fouls were called before the clock read 14 minutes left in the first half. Once again a foul was called against the Hawks which allowed Connor Wallace a shot. Unfortunately, the shot went directly to Young.
A couple more fouls and a few more closely missed shots by the Warriors and the half ended 0-0.
The second half began just as fast and rough as the first.
This half, the Warriors were able to squeeze two shots in during the first 30 seconds. Neither brought the score up to 1-0, though.
In the first minute, Hawk Michael Andriano was pulled from the field when he received a yellow card.
Just six minutes after the yellow card, the ball was cleared by the Warriors. The Warriors were given a corner kick that flew in and just landed outside of the goal. When the ball hit the ground, Trevor Jones saw the opportunity and with a simple touch kicked it into the net. The Warriors were up 1-0.
As the clock wound down, the Warriors continued to shoot and foul. It wasn’t until there was 13 minutes remaining in the game that the Hawks were able to get a good shot in.
Waukee had fouled which allowed Charlie Pritchard a free kick. Pritchard’s kick came close, but Sanders was able to stop the ball just before it hit the net.
The game ended with continuous fouls called against either team. The Warriors won the game over the Hawks by one goal (1-0) and how have a season record of 12-1.
The Warriors will play Ankeny Centennial on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.