Warren continued its recent run of strong play on Tuesday night with a crucial 4-0 win over Region 4-rival Saegertown at War Memorial Field.
After starting off the season 0-7 overall, the Dragons have gone unbeaten over their last four matches, improving their record to 3-7-1, with a 3-2-1 mark in Region 4 play, and in line for a playoff spot.
After 10 minutes of evenly-matched play, the Dragons began pressuring the Panthers defense, as Quinn Boger forced the Saegertown keeper to make two saves and Steffan Blair also had a scoring opportunity. With 16 minutes gone, Boger found a streaking Simon Smith, who fired home the first goal of the game to give Warren a lead it was never in danger of losing.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Warren players celebrate after Simon Smith (16) scored the first goal in a 4-0 victory over Saegertown on Tuesday at War Memorial Field. The win puts the Dragons in a position to make the playoffs with wins in their final two Region 4 games.
Warren kept the pressure up throughout the half, and was repaid with two goals in the span of a minute before halftime. Ben Auzou headed home a ball on a corner kick from Tristen Boger, and Quinn Boger added a third goal on a ball from Ryan Gustafson to give the Dragons some breathing room heading into halftime.
Auzou added his second goal of the game just three minutes into the second half on another assist from Gustafson. Warren would play the final 31 minutes up a man after a Panther was sent off with a red card.
The Dragons outshot the Panthers, 22-6.
The win puts the Dragons in control of their own destiny in Region 4. Wins in their final two games - at Oil City Thursday and home against Corry next Wednesday - assuring them of a District 10 Class AA playoff spot.
"This was a big win," said Warren coach Tom Harrington. "At halftime, we talked about how if we continued to work together as a team, good things would happen. Every game (our confidence) is getting better. We're playing together now. At the beginning of the year, it was very individual. Now it's about what we can do as a team."