Wheeling Central kicks way past Union Local

WHEELING — Having played four games in six days Wheeling Central’s boys’ soccer team was looking to take command early Monday against Union Local, dictate the tempo and get as many minutes from as many kids as possible.

And while things don’t always work as planned, coach Brian Komorowski watched his Maroon Knights do just that.

Junior Kyle Newmeyer scored a goal in each half and Wheeling Central out-shot the Jets by a whopping 24-1 margin in gaining a comfortable 4-0 victory on Bishop Schmitt Field on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

“We have some tired kids after playing four games in six days,” Komorowski said, referring to last weekend’s Bishop Cup tournament. “But we went out (Monday) and did what we wanted to do.

“Our main goals were to get wide, possess the ball and get as many kids on the field as we could for good minutes. Our defense did a very good job controlling the ball and we made nice passes. Overall, everyone did their jobs.”

Union Local (2-4), whose team consists of a mixture of both boys and girls, played the Maroon Knights tough defensively, with keeper Justin Fuhr recording 20 saves, many on tough shots.

Wheeling Central’s first goal actually came after one of Fuhr’s nice saves. After making a save on a rocket off the foot of Knights’ sophomore Thomas Minor near the left corner of the net, Newmeyer was able to bang the rebound into the back right corner for a 1-0 lead at 27:15 of the first half.

The hosts added to the lead at 19:32 when junior Angelo Gentile finished off a long pass, knocking the ball into the net while sliding in front to make it 2-0, which was also the count at the break.

With Fuhr continuing his good work at the net, and the feisty Jets doing their best on the defensive end, it took Wheeling Central most of the second half to dent the scoreboard again. But when the Knights did, they scored twice in less than a minute.

With 15:44 to play, Newmeyer took a lead pass from senior Jaron Rine and buried it into the back of the net to make it 3-0. That was followed by Minor’s goal at the 14:57 mark, which Fuhr nearly made of a save on, before it bounced off of his body and into the net to complete the scoring.

“We have worked a lot on defense because it has been a weakness,” Union Local coach Isaac Clark said. “So it is good to see us play better in the field (Monday). Good things can happen when the kids see good things happen.

“The biggest thing we have a lot of enthusiasm in these kids and on the bench. The offense is coming along, and right now one of our best offensive players is actually out with an injury. Overall, I believe our team is progressing and I am looking forward to see how things go the next couple of weeks.”

Junior David Agcaoili and freshman Giulio Gentile combined for the shutout in net for Wheeling Central with Gentile recording the save on the Jets’ only shot.