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Wapakoneta ties Bath, 1-1, in heat

September 12, 2013

Wapakoneta Redskins junior Sam Hinegardner handles the ball Wednesday in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer game against the Bath Wildcats in Lima. The two teams tied, 1-1. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)

Sports Editor

After trips to Lima on back to back days, the Wapakoneta Redskins will travel anywhere to find scoring opportunities right now.

On a day featuring intense heat, the Redskins tied the Bath Wildcats, 1-1, on Wednesday in a resumed game that was suspended Tuesday due to lightning.

Tuesday’s game was suspended at 22:31 left in the first half with Wapak leading 1-0.

“We haven’t manufactured a decent shot since the Elida game,” Rambin said, referring to Wapak playing Elida to a scoreless tie last Thursday. “We looked like we’ve lost our confidence. They’ve just go to trust their shot and let it go. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”

While the Redskins notched 10 shots on goal against Bath, Rambin is displeased with the quality of them.
Will Hinegardner tallied Wapak’s lone goal, which came Tuesday before play was suspended. Sam Hinegardner assisted.

Rambin is unsure of the cause of his team’s drought.

“I’m not sure what they’re looking for,” Rambin said. “If we travel with it, we lose it, we carry it too far or we have the opportunity to shoot but don’t shoot.

“It’s very frustrating right now,” he said. “To go from scoring 35 goals in five games to one goal in six halves is frustrating.”

Those 35 goals came during a 5-0-0 start to Wapak’s season.

The Redskins have since gone 0-1-2 and posted just one goal.

Despite the heat Wednesday, the Redskins still operated from their normal 12-deep lineup, using one substitution and rotating starters in and out.

Rambin does not believe Wapak’s inability to take and make shots is from his team’s lack of depth.

“I certainly wouldn’t consider our newfound woes to be from conditioning or fatigue,” Rambin said.
At goalkeeper, Kaleb Miller made one save, as Bath managed just two shots on goal for the game.

Wednesday’s tie put Wapak at 5-1-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the WBL.

The Redskins will resume their season Tuesday with a home match in WBL play against the Celina Bulldogs.

While they are unbeaten in the WBL, the Redskins are now two wins behind Celina and St. Marys for first place after three games.

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