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Bundschuh double leads Eagles past Fairfield

posted Sep 9, 2012, 8:23 AM by Eric Rothwell   [ updated Sep 9, 2012, 8:24 AM ]
The first ever pack the house night was a huge success!  The stadium was a buzz (see below right) with several families and students from the all the surrounding Cincinnati public neighborhoods.   This biggest crowd ever for a men's soccer game help spur on the Eagles against a very tough defensive minded Fairfield.    

The first half began back and forth until Walnut started to seize the run of play at about the 20 minute mark.  The Eagles persistence would pay off, when sophomore Daniel Bundschuh (left) completed a full volley from 20 yards off a clearance into the upper corner.  In my experience as Walnut's coach, it has to go down as one of the most skilled goals in Eagle history.   Following this top class strike, the Eagles headed into the break 1-0.  

Fairfield came out fired up in the second half and equalized the score with a long driven shot just out of Wiedmann's reach.   The game would then be extremely intense for the next ten minutes with each team stopping the other one from playing.  Each team had chances to score.  As the game grew to a close, Walnut began to create several chances, but couldn't convert.  Jr. midfielder Max Radin had his winning shot blocked on the goal line twice.     Then with about 7 minutes left, Bundschuh completed his double with a 30+ yard placement strike over the misplaced keeper.    The cheeky finish sent the crowd into a frenzy and would see the Eagles to their best start under Coach Rothwell in school history.  

After the gauntlet of a week, 4 straight away games and then one home in a span of 9 days, Walnut has a record of 5-1-1.   This Tuesday, the Eagles play at Kings as they go for their second league win.    Then they follow up with a home game next Saturday at noon vs Princeton.   

JV Eagles kept their unbeaten streak intact with a 2-1 win over Fairfield.  Brady Leanza scored on a header in a repeat from a week ago when Alex Beck got down the line and sent in a perfect cross.   After the JV Firebirds had equalized, Brandon Pitz caught the Fairfield goalie off his line and chipped him from about 30+ yards for the win.  JV Eagles are now 6-0-1.  

JV Blue kept it rolling with a 1-0 win over Seven Hills.  Freshman Danny Rigney won the game when claimed a  50/50 ball and beat 2 guys including the keeper.  JV blue improves to 3-1.   Coach Hatch's eagles take on Elder as they look to avenge an early preseason loss on Tuesday at Miami Whitewater.