New Knoxville soccer wins on senior day, 1-0

NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers soccer team managed a goal early in the second half and it was enough to defeat the Botkins Trojans 1-0 in a physical Saturday afternoon contest at New Knoxville.

“Sometimes all it takes is one goal,” Rangers head coach Tony Hunt said. “It was a physical game between us and Botkins. We know each other well and we play club together. Coach Lynch and I have coached together so everybody knows each other well.”

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The all-time series Botkins and New Knoxville has been lopsided in favor of the Trojans, but that changed Saturday as the Ranger victory over Botkins was the first.

New Knoxville goalkeeper Dean Frankenberg set a career record with his 12th shutout.

“It was a school record for Dean,” Hunt said. “There was a four way tie at the top and with the shutout today it put him alone by himself with 12.”

Botkins had a chance midway through the first half when there was a big scrum in front of the net, but Frankenberg and the Ranger defense stepped up to keep the ball out of the net.

The one goal by New Knoxville came with 33 minutes left in the second half when senior Caleb Yeatts got loose and put the ball just past Trojans goalkeeper Christian Hoskins for the 1-0 lead.

“It was a solid goal,” Hunt said. “It was a shot about thirty feet out and got over the keeper and into the backside of the net. It was a solid goal.”

The stats were mostly even for both teams in the game. The Rangers had 11 shots on goal to the Trojans eight. Hoskins had eight saves for Botkins and Frankenberg had four for the Rangers. Each team had three corner kicks.

This game was last home match for eight seniors on the Rangers team. Graduating will be Caleb Yeatts, Ethan Kuck, K.V. Mooney, Alex Thompson, Dean Frankenberg, Ryan Lageman, Seth Elliott and Ben Kuck.

“We have eight seniors this year,” Hunt said. “Most of them have played since they were freshmen and it is a good group of kids and I would take them all back for a fifth year. There is not one of them that we are not going to miss.”

The Rangers (4-8-2) will travel to Bellefontaine on Monday and conclude the regular season next Friday at Ottoville.