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Boys Varsity Tops Winton Woods 2-1

Posted on: September 28, 2020
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Turpin’s Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Winton Woods on Thursday, September 24, and brought home a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from seniors T.J. Crouse and Johannes Schwarz and a hard-working defense.

 

Turpin started strong, dominating possession early in the contest, with Schwarz and sophomore Carter Flora repeatedly beating the opponents to balls through the midfield. But the Spartans could not find the finishing touch, their best chance coming when Crouse sent a great feed from junior Nathan Hart just wide of the goal after an unlucky bounce.  Finally, with just four minutes remaining in the half, the Spartans hit paydirt with a terrific team goal. Hart fed senior Andrew Prewitt inside the box, who passed to a wide-open Crouse for a goal. As the final seconds of the first half ticked down, it appeared the Spartans would take a 1-0 lead into half.

 

But Schwarz had other ideas.  If the first Spartan goal was a team effort, Schwarz’s goal was the result of a tremendous individual effort. With under 10 seconds left in the half, Hart made a deft touch in the midfield to Schwarz, who headed it over the Winton Woods defenders, sprinted past them and chased down the ball toward the goal.  First to the ball, Schwarz rifled a shot from 25 yards out over the onrushing keeper and into the goal with just two seconds remaining – a “goal of the year” candidate to be sure. And so Turpin took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

 

Turpin started the second as it ended the first, on the attack, and Crouse had a shot go just over the goal three minutes in.  Schwarz wasn’t done either, making a long run down the right side to send a cross in, just out of the reach of Crouse. Meanwhile, the Turpin defense had stifled the powerful Winton Woods attack, with junior Aidan Combs tracking Winton Woods’ star striker Ziyad Lahbabi all over the field and junior keeper Max Kovall making five saves.  Winton Woods was able to put in a goal late in the game off a quickly-taken free kick and ensuing scrum, but the Spartans withstood a frantic final push by the hosts to hold on for a 2-1 win.

 

Turpin moves to 5-2 on the season. The Spartans’ next game is at Oak Hills on Saturday, September 26.