Boys soccer: Shawnee edges Kenton


Sam Tenwalde has match’s only goal

By Ken Kurz - sports@limanews.com



Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Kenton’s Brent Rader during Tuesday night’s Division II district semifinal at Elida. See more boys soccer photos at LimaScore.com.

Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Kenton’s Brent Rader during Tuesday night’s Division II district semifinal at Elida. See more boys soccer photos at LimaScore.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

ELIDA — When playing in a district semifinal, you should expect a battle and that is what Shawnee and Kenton waged Tuesday night.

The game, according to Shawnee head coach Ryan Quatman, could have gone either way.

Thanks to junior forward Sam Tenwalde, it went the Indians way 1-0.

The physical match between conference foes was everything both coaches expected.

“Jamie (Kenton head coach Bartlett) always has his team ready to play. It just seemed that touches were off tonight. We had a lot of chances and so did they. Kenton is in every single game that they play,” Quatman said.

Tenwalde’s second-half goal came off a throw-in by senior midfielder Connor Neidemire with 25:39 to play.

The Indians’ defense had an answer for whatever Kenton threw at it. Quatman sang the praises of his defense, including freshman Caleb Miller, who gives up several inches and quite a few pounds while playing fullback.

“Caleb was a nice addition as a freshman. He plays like a junior. He’s had his older brothers to beat up on him for years and years, so he comes in here and he’s right at home,” Quatman said.

In the first half, Kenton chose to go into the wind and took it to the Indians early.

Bartlett said, “We were excited for the opportunity and thought we had a great game plan, and we thought we could keep them scoreless for a little while and frustrate them. Our defense was up for the task. They played outstanding. We wanted to make Shawnee work hard for everything they get. I start a great group of four-year players – Brent Rader, Asher Bridenstein, Kyle Kirk and Tristan Speirs. We were just one goal short tonight. That’s (Shawnee) a good squad,” he said.

The Wildcats dropped to 9-3-6, with two of their losses to Shawnee. The Indians live to play another day. Shawnee, 17-1, plays St. Marys, a 5-1 winner against Ottawa-Glandorf, for the district title Thursday.

After Monday’s washout, one might expect less than ideal conditions on the soccer pitch, but the field was in good condition, but a bit soft, according to Quatman.

“We were happy to play the first game tonight. Elida will have some work on the field to get it ready for Thursday,” he said.

Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Kenton’s Brent Rader during Tuesday night’s Division II district semifinal at Elida. See more boys soccer photos at LimaScore.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Shawnee-vs-Kenton-RP-002-2.jpgShawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Kenton’s Brent Rader during Tuesday night’s Division II district semifinal at Elida. See more boys soccer photos at LimaScore.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Sam Tenwalde has match’s only goal

By Ken Kurz

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