SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — It was Miller time for Shawnee in its 10-0 win over Wapakoneta in a Western Buckeye clash Tuesday night.
Brothers Austin and Andrew Miller, along with cousin Jacob Miller, accounted for seven of Shawnee’s 10 goals in the victory. Jacob Miller recorded the hat trick and Austin and Andrew each scored twice.
Jake Frasier, Jack Frasier and Ethan Rosebeck did get in on the Miller scoring party as all three scored late goals.
Shawnee improves to 3-0-0 in Western Buckeye League play and 7-1 overall. Wapakoneta falls to 1-1-1 in league action and 3-2-1 for the season.
Shawnee Ryan Quatman said his team came out with a purpose and and it was a team effort.
“For a while there any one had scored was a Miller and I have never seen something like that before,” Quatman said. “We did it from a lot of different places and that makes us very dangerous. If it doesn’t come from one place it comes from another. ”
Not too be overlooked was the defensive effort by Shawnee’s defense. When the Redskins did press on offense, the Indians’ backfield of Rosebeck Jack Frasier and Jake Frasier were there to disrupt the Redskin runs.
“Jack is our senior captain and he is an incredible force back there,” Quatman said. “He holds it down and is incredibly calm. They do a good job of keeping it on the offensive end.”
For Redskin head coach Keith Rambin, it was a learning experience for his young squad. The Redskins lost 17 players off last year’s team.
“Every one played as hard as they could,” Rambin said. “Besides St. John’s Jesuit that we faced last year in the Division I tournament this is the best team I have seen in my seven years and all you can do pat them (Shawnee) on the back and say great job.”
Shawnee, which had set the tempo of the game early by applying constant pressure on the Wapakoneta defense, got their first goal when Austin Miller, off a corner kick from Carter Jensen, placed a header passed the outstretched hands of Redskin keeper Trey Ware in the back of the net for the goal at the 14:30 mark of the first half.
Andrew Miller, brother of Austin, got the Indians’ second goal of the game when he found himself at the right place. With the ball pinballing around in front of the Redskin goal, the Indians fired a close shot that Ware stopped, however, the rebound rolled to Miller who quickly popped it in for the score with 17:40 left in the half.
The Miller family was not done scoring in the first half as cousin Jacob Miller got himself a goal off a long pass that the Wapakoneta defender misplayed and Jacob Miller made him pay by securing the lose ball and then beating Ware for the third score at the 32:04 mark of the half.
“We have a really talented group of players and we have a great team and we do like to set the tone early and teams have to make adjustments to us,” Quatman said.
Jacob Miller added his second goal of the night early in the second half to pretty much quelled any chances for a Wapakoneta comeback.
Jensen, who fed Austin Miller with a corner kick for a score in the first half, repeated this feat with Andrew Miller when he headed in his second goal of the night on a nicely placed Jensen pass.
Austin Miller secured his second goal of the game with a little more than 13 minutes left in the game when he punched in a loose ball in front of the net.
Jacob Miller celebrated his third goal and the hat trick when he scored his less than two minutes later.