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West G Boys Soccer Starts Out Strong
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The West Geauga High School boys soccer team has started the season with a strong three win and one tie record...

The West Geauga High School boys soccer team has started the season with a strong three win and one tie record.

The season started on Aug. 18 with a thriller against NDCL. West G went ahead midway through the second half with what looked to be a comfortable 3-1 lead behind two goals by senior Xavier Zup and one goal from senior defender Jake Curtis. However, a late own goal on West G tightened things up 3-2 with just over five minutes to go. But, the West G defense stiffened and senior goalie Adam Riedel made key stops to preserve the win.

Next up was Orange a team that had beaten the Wolverines badly the past two seasons. Orange went into half time with a 1-0 lead but late second half goals by Curtis and senior Jack Dorsky pulled out the victory for the home crowd. Riedel held Orange to one goal on 10 shots.

Next up was Willoughby on Aug. 26. The Rebels had beaten Euclid earlier in the week 12-1, so the West G squad wasn’t sure what to expect. The contest was a back and forth affair with West G opening the scoring on a third minute goal by Dorsky. Dorsky wasn’t done there as he followed that up with a second goal in the 18th minute. Willoughby broke through before the half bringing the score to 2-1.

Willoughby came out hot in the second half and had the West G defense on its heels scoring at the 59-minute mark and then on a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in the match. The Wolverine men battled on and at the 78th minute, Xavier Zup scored on a direct free kick to tie the game and preserve West G’s unbeaten streak.

The team continued its unbeaten streak on Aug. 29 at Perry. Once again, it was Dorsky starting things off with a goal at the 6-minute mark. Perry came back to tie the game at 10 minutes before junior Mo Aidja took West G into the half scoring at the 24-minute mark. Zup assisted on both first half goals. D’Alessandro sealed the victory for the Wolverines with a goal in the 56th minute.

Steady play up top and a rapidly improving defensive line anchored by Curtis, Joey Conrad, Rory Irwin, CJ Contizano, and Ryan Hodgins have keyed the Wolverines 3-0-1 start. Rapid passing and an unselfish style of play have allowed several players to step up and make key plays in the early season victories. It is an exciting team with much to prove this year.

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