Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians Beat Themselves with Error `That Kind of Year,' Coach Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians Beat Themselves with Error `That Kind of Year,' Coach Says

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For the Wentzville High soccer team, it was a somewhat fitting end to a dismal season.

Playing at Fort Zumwalt North in the first round of district play Saturday, the Indians lost 1-0 when a Wentzville player put the ball into his own net with about five minutes to play.

"It's been that kind of year for us; at times, it seems like we're playing scared, looking for a way to lose," Wentzville coach Jim Marco said of the Indians' 5-17-1 season. "Our sweeper was going back on a ball and didn't realize that our goalie was coming out for the ball. As the sweeper went to volley the ball away, the ball skidded off the outside of his foot and went over the goalie's head.

"It was a tough way to see the season come to an end, but those things happen. That's soccer."

But the Indians had more than their share of misfortune this fall. A small squad to begin with, Wentzville was hit hard by injury this season. In fact, starting goalie Chip Dutchik suffered an ankle injury Friday in practice and was unable to play Saturday.

"The injuries and lack of depth really limited us this year," Marco said. "We worked hard and we got some great leadership from our seniors. But there's only so much you can do when you don't have numbers."

But Marco is confident that this group of seniors left an impression.

"I'm really proud of the seniors," the coach said. "Guys like Brad Weitkamp, Jerod Schnabel and Andrew Hall showed some real dedication this fall and I hope that the younger players will pick up on that.

"The seniors will be missed, but I have high hopes for some of our younger guys. If they dedicate themselves to soccer and continue to work hard, we can improve."

Earlier in the week, the Indians rallied to beat Warrenton 4-3. Hall scored the game-winner, notching his first career goal with two minutes to play. Tom Stone had two goals; Kyle Houston scored the other.

"It was good to see us come back," Marco said. "We were up 2-0 early and 3-2 in the second half. Andrew picked a perfect time for his first goal."

Shane Meyer was credited with the goal and Steve Fister recorded the shutout Saturday as fourth-seeded Fort Zumwalt North (10-11-2) advanced to play top-seeded Francis Howell North in Monday's district semifinals at Howell North.

The title game is scheduled for Wednesday at Howell North.

In another district game Saturday:

Troy 5, Warrenton 0 - In the 1A-3A district at Smithton, the top-seeded Trojans struck early and coasted to the victory over eighth-seeded Warrenton.

"It was one of the coldest days I can remember as a coach," Troy's Leo Pagano said. "The conditions weren't ideal, but we did what we had to do. We scored three goals in the first half and that gave us control of the game."

Troy (12-7-3) plays the Smithton/Northwest of Hughesville winner in the semifinals 5:30 tonight at Smithton. …

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