Raiders battle in 4-0 defeat

WARREN — Canton GlenOak topped Warren G. Harding, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in a high school boys soccer game that was closer than the final score would indicate.

Raiders coach Tilden Tatebe told his team to, ” keep their heads held high,” at the half. The home team trailed just 1-0 at intermission after GlenOak’s Ty White scored 12 minutes into the game.

“We have a young inexperienced team,” Tatebe said. “It’s tough to compete when you’re going against guys that have years of experience. The second half they just caught us.

“That’s a solid GlenOak team. They always have a strong team. Our numbers are down. We are working on things, but by mid-season we’ll figure it out.”

White scored a second goal five minutes into the second half.

“I think we played pretty good today,” White said. “Warren Harding is good. We’ll see them maybe again later down the road. Congrats to them. I hope they have a good rest of the season. We got a good win today. We need to go get ready for the next game.”

White began the scoring 12 minutes into the first half on an assist from Sebastian Melendez. Neither team hit the goal again before halftime.

Sebastian Melendez, who assisted on White’s first goal, scored himself on a solid strike to make it 3-0 about 11 minutes into the second half.

Sophomore Aidan Rohrer nearly put the Raiders on the board. Rohrer just missed from close range when his curving kick went sailing too high over the net a minute later.

With 2 minutes to go, GlenOak’s JD Gutierrez bounced one in off of a ricochet from a free kick.

“We’re looking to have a good season,” GlenOak coach Noah Dockus said. “We’re in a very tough league with Jackson, Hoover, and Lake. We hope to put ourselves within the top three in the Federal League again this year.”

“I thought we came out a little slow. The second half our effort was much better. Harding came out with lots of energy. They high pressed us. That caused us a lot of turnovers in the first half. That’s a credit to them. Harding’s captains (Reed Stanyard, Cameron Knupp, Cullen Faulk, Jacob Tatebe) really stood out. They kind of controlled the midfield in the first half.”

Tatebe will continue to instill a strong work ethic in his players as the season continues.

“We want to compete and work hard,” Tatebe said. ” We are going to represent with great attitude. It’s effort, attitude, commitment, competitiveness, and the wins will come.”