By Keith Knepp
SYRACUSE — It’s been a difficult 2021 campaign for head coach Jordan Sharp and his Wawasee boys soccer team. Injuries, illnesses and quarantines have kept the Warriors from fielding their ideal team all season long.
Unfortunately, playing Sectional 20 on Warrior Field wasn’t enough to prolong Wawasee’s season, as they had the misfortune of drawing tournament favorite West Noble in the opening round. The Chargers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and never gave the Warriors a chance to feel like they were in the match, en route to a 7-1 victory.
Less than three minutes into the match, West Noble senior Henry Torres potted his first goal on the evening. Torres did it again four minutes later. And again 10 minutes after that. And once again with 12:32 left on the first half clock.
At halftime, the scoresheet read Torres 4, Wawasee 0.
More of the same came with the second half whistle. West Noble would outscore the Warriors 3-1. The lone Wawasee tally came off a header by Mason Possell from a corner kick launched by Rueben Camargo.
With the loss, Wawasee said goodbye to five seniors: Sylvester Trujillo, Avery Shutters, Caleb Clevenger, Ben Haines and Mason Possell.
“Caleb Clevenger won many defensive tackles,” noted Sharp. “We had outstanding hustle from Mason Possell. Sylvester Trujillo was tough in goal and worked hard all season for the boys. Avery Shutters showed great hustle all season. We had tremendous heart and courage all season. I’m proud of this team and their resilience. Even when we didn’t win, they always fought. Thanks to the boys and parents for a great season.”