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posted Sep 28, 2014, 2:28 PM by Gygyg6ggg   [ updated Sep 28, 2014, 2:35 PM ]
written by Jonny Wiers

In a battle for 1st place in the ECC, the matchup between Walnut Hills and 
Loveland was every bit as exciting  and intense as expected. Loveland came into the game 4-0-0 in conference play, and the only thing keeping Walnut below them was a tie to Anderson.  

The match began with the Eagles dominating the first ten minutes, only to see Loveland come through on a counterattack to go up 1-0. After failing to hold a 3-0 lead in the previous match, the Walnut players needed a boost, so they huddled up and got on with the game. 
The Eagles came right back in the first half with two set piece goals, one by senior Martin Myaka, and the other by senior Adam Cooper. A 2-1 lead at halftime after trailing early gave Walnut much needed confidence The second half was much more physical on both sides of the ball. Fouls flew, but only one yellow card was issued. 

Midway through the half, the Eagle were pressing hard, taking possession after possession into the offensive third, but having no luck. After a clear from defender Robby Perry, senior Daniel Bundschuh drove down the left side, then beat two defenders before laying it off to senior midfielder Jonny Wiers for a rip just outside of the penalty box, and it snuck past the keeper for the Eagles' third goal. 

The score stayed from there, with Walnut winning 3-1. The fans were a huge part of the success, with their constant cheers and sometimes excessive slander at the opponents. The Eagles now sit atop the ECC with a conference record of 4-0-1. They come right back Saturday at 1pm at Lakota East, and then at Turpin.