AMERICAN TOWNSHIP — Temple Christian’s Josh Engle was all over the field.
He started up front and was a force there.
Then, once the Pioneers had a two-goal lead, he went back and played defense.
Engle helped Temple Christian post a 2-0 victory against Lima Central Catholic in a Western Ohio Soccer League match Tuesday at Temple.
“It feels good to get the win,” Josh Engle said. “It’s a new team and we’re getting our chemistry going.’’
Added Temple coach B.J. McPheron, “In a competitive league game, and where we’re at in our season, getting out of here 2-0 against LCC is a good thing.’’
Engle had what appeared to be a goal, but it turned out to be an own goal when his shot ricocheted off an LCC defender and into the net.
Temple led 1-0 at the half.
Temple’s Jacob Holloway scored on a penalty kick in the second half.
Temple Christian is 4-3-1 and 3-1 in the WOSL. LCC is 4-5 and 2-1 in the WOSL.
Engle is one of four junior Temple quadruplets, who all start for the Pioneers.
Josh played forward, then defender. Dan played defense, while Joe and Michael played in the midfield.
“It’s good playing with them,” Josh said of his three brothers. “I enjoy every minute of it. It’s fun.’’
The Pioneers controlled most of the action, as they outshot LCC 11-6.
Most of the LCC attempts at goal came outside the 18-yard box and ended up flying well over the goal.
“They packed it in and they played well in the back,” LCC coach Tim McNamara said of Temple. “They didn’t give us many opportunities to shoot. The few opportunities we got were from far out.’’
Jack Zerante had five saves for LCC.
Temple goalkeeper Cody Motter had four saves, while Preston Patrick had one.
Josh Engle gave his team a 1-0 lead when he dribbled past a defender and into the box.
He cut loose a low liner for the right post, but the ball took a bounce off an LCC defender and landed in the back of the net.
The own goal gave Temple a 1-0 lead with 11:39 left in the first half.
“I think he was a little off-balance when he tried to clear it and didn’t get good contact on it,” McNamara said.
At the 21:55 mark of the game, an LCC defender tripped a Temple player in the box.
That gave Holloway a penalty kick.
Holloway’s shot off the P.K. found the lower-right corner of the net and it was 2-0 Temple.
From there, Josh Engle moved from forward to center defender.
“It was 2-0 and Josh has played some center back for us,” McPheron said. “The coaches talked about it at the 20-minute mark if we wanted to move him back there because he does provide an outlet when he’s up front. We decided to go with it and we had the injury back there to (goalkeeper) Cody (Motter).’’
With 12 minutes to go Temple starting goalkeeper Motter collided with an LCC player in the air and Motter came down and landed on the opponent and the ball.
Motter was replaced in goal for the final 12 minutes by Patrick, who moved from defender to goalkeeper.
“He (Motter) was already fighting a cold, then he got popped just under the sternum, so the wind was knocked out of him,” McPheron said. “I think he’ll be fine and we’re off until next Monday against Ottoville.’’
Keeping the T-Birds from mounting serious attacks in the box were Temple defenders Dan Engle, Darrick Clay, Vanderlei Von Heffner, Patrick, Josh Engle and Malachi White.
Joe Engle played defensive center midfielder.
“I thought we did a good job on their good players,” McPheron said. “A shutout against LCC is a great night.’’
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