Warren edges Marietta on pitch

Photo by Ron Johnston Marietta High’s Ryan Mannix, left, scores off a Jake Craven corner kick. Tiger Austyn Chen is airborne trying to head the ball, while Warrior keeper Thomas Williams in dark jersey is out of the goal to the right. Warren won 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Jerry Brock Field.

DEVOLA — Warren High was one set piece goal better than Marietta High.

Ethan Yost score two goals, both off direct kicks, as the Warriors defeated the Tigers, 2-1, in prep boys’ soccer action on Jerry Brock Field at the Marietta Soccer Complex Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Mannix scored the lone MHS goal off a corner kick by Jake Craven.

Warren improved its record to 12-1-1 overall, while Marietta fell to 7-5-2.

“Well, we won, and it was a tough game,” said WHS coach Ekrem Eksi. “We really didn’t play well in the first half, but in the second half, we picked it up, and we had some scoring opportunites.”

Craven nearly got the equalizer after a long free kick with about eight minutes left in the match, but it was nullified by the ref.

“That was a goal,” said MHS boss Todd Morris. “You hate to see the game taken out of the players’ control, and that’s what happened on that.

“That was a 50-50 ball, so both the goalkeeper (Thomas Williams) and the forward (Craven) can go for the ball. Our player made contact with the goalkeeper, which he did. Obviously, if he (Williams) has control of the ball, you keep (Craven) off the goalkeeper. But he (Williams) didn’t have control of the ball.”

Eksi agreed.

“Marietta’s second goal was a goal,” the Warren coach said. “I would not have disqualified it.

“Our goalie jumped up and missed the ball first before (Craven) touched him. Some people would’ve called a foul and some not. I wouldn’t have. I would’ve called it a goal.”

In any event, after play was resumed, Warren held on, and beat Marietta for the second time this season.

The Warriors staked themselves to a 1-0 advantage in the 17th minute of play when Yost beat MHS keeper Ian Coleman on a shot just outside the penalty area. The Tigers had a wall set up, but Yost’s shot cleared it and went into the left corner of the goal. Coleman never got a hand on it.

“I practice that shot a lot,” Yost said. “I knew I could hit it.”

About midway through the first half, Marietta tied it at 1-all when Mannix put the finishing touch on Craven’s leftside corner kick into an open net. Williams was out of position, trying to catch the CK on the play.

Later, MHS had a couple of other scoring chances before the intermission, but on one, Tiger leading scorer Austyn Chen’s shot hit the crossbar. On another, with Williams out of position, Chen just missed angling and rolling a shot into an open net.

At halftime, it was 1-1.

After the break, Warren regained the advantage in the 61st minute of play when Yost headed home Jared Hall’s long direct kick from the right side.

“We’d had a bunch of free kicks from that spot,” Yost said.

“And I could see that (Marietta) was clustered in there marking up. I just ran backside and hit it and it went in.”

With that goal, Yost now has a team-high 18 on the season.

“My goal is 20 by the end of the season,” the talented sophomore said.

Warren is scheduled to host Alexander Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors’ only setback this season was 2-0 to the Spartans on Sept. 12.

Marietta is slated to entertain Parkersburg South Thursday at 7 p.m.