Hinckley, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Men’s Soccer Team knocked out Ohio Cardinal Conference Champion, Wooster, by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night at Highland’s North Gateway Tire Stadium. Brunswick improves to 12-3-2 and moves on to the OHSAA District Semi-Final of the Medina District. Wooster closes out is fantastic 2017 campaign at 10-3-4. Wooster had only lost once since the opening night of the season.
Brunswick, who now leads the historical series between the schools 5-0-2, moves on to play arch-rival Medina Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium in the third round of the OHSAA Tournament.
In the first half, Brunswick found themselves behind very early after a penalty kick was awarded for a handball in the Brunswick penalty area. Joe Stoll took the ensuring kick. The Wooster Generals midfielder’s shot flew past freshman goalkeeper Gavyn Ernst for the 1-0 lead.
Brunswick would take some time to regroup but a goal later in the half from senior captain Nick Felician would give the Blue Devils a shot in the arm with a solo blast from 22 yards with 9:53 remaining in the first. Felician’s goal broke the school record for goals in a season with 24, passing Blue Devil great Cory Buhrman’s mark from 2006 of 23.
Despite dominating the action Brunswick would head into the locker room drawn at 1-1. The Blue Devil offense could not connect even though they out shot the Generals 6-1 and had two corner kicks to Wooster’s zero.
“Nick’s goal was huge. We were really struggling at that moment but that’s why he is who is he,” said fifth-year head coach Ben Dotson. “It made our halftime team talk much more upbeat. It gave the other boys confidence in a difficult situation.”
In the second half, Brunswick came out and pressed the issue. That energy resulted in a goal from junior defender Nate Bohrer in the 53rd minute. After a cross from sophomore forward Justin Hagler that was beat away by General goalkeeper Julien Lubell, Bohrer first-timed the rebound into the back of the net to give the one-goal advantage to the Blue Devils.
Brunswick would receive a stroke of luck as a Wooster player received his second yellow card in the 70th minute, that ensured Brunswick would have a man advantage for the remainder of the match.
Despite that advantage, Wooster found a way to tie things up late with two minutes remaining as Wooster’s main goal scorer Andrew Martinez connected on a loose ball off a corner kick to knot things up at two goals a piece.
Despite the goal, it was evident immediately that Felician would not be denied the opportunity to advance. After one sequence where he nearly beat a defender and got into the box, the next sequence after the subsequent clear was started by Bohrer who headed the ball back to Felician, who calmly raced to the near post and slotted a pass into the far post past Lubell with just 30 seconds remaining making the score 3-2.
Brunswick would see out the final 30 seconds, and that would be the final score line as Brunswick went on to win.
Ernst took the win on zero saves and his record stands at 12-3-2. Lubell took the loss, despite making six very good saves as well.
Dotson was ecstatic about the win. “What an effort from our team and from our captain. That’s why he is who is he, I am sure glad he is on our team. He is truly special.”
Felician took home Man of the Match Honors for his two-goal brace.
Brunswick moves on to play arch-rival Medina in the OHSA District Semi Final next Wednesday. The match will be played at Memorial Stadium at 7:00 pm.
FOR ADDITIONAL BHS MEN’S SOCCER INFORMATION, please contact Head Coach Ben Dotson via telephone at (330) 273-0496 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further BHS Athletics Information, please visit the school’s athletics website at www.bluedevilathletics.org.