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As the Nordonia High School boys soccer team heads into the meat of its 2016 schedule, the Knights played in a flurry of matches recently.
More precisely, the Knights played six contests, winning two of them. One of the victories was a 2-1 triumph over non-conference foe Barberton on the road Sept. 1. (Nordonia is part of the National Conference of the Suburban League, while Barberton is a member of the American Conference.)
Senior midfielder Trey Crockett scored both goals for Nordonia, with senior forward/midfielder Mike Whelply assisting on the second goal. Griffin Brown accounted for the Magics' lone goal.
On Sept. 6, Nordonia traveled to National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls. The Knights fell to the Bulldogs by the score of 3-1.
Brayden Lazzaro and Aiden Banner both found the back of the net to lead the way for Stow. Meanwhile, sophomore defender Shawn Uguccini tallied the lone goal for Nordonia.
On Sept. 8, Nordonia visited non-league opponent Louisville. The Knights dropped a 2-0 decision to the Knights in a contest that did not go the distance.
"The game was called shortly after the second half started due to thunder," said Nordonia head coach Jason Stepp.
Bailey Adams recorded both goals for Louisville in the first half, and with help from the weather, those goals stood up.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Nordonia hosted conference counterpart Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The Knights suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Bees.
"Even though we lost, it was a well-balanced game," said Stepp. "Trey Crockett scored a late goal for us."
On Sept. 15, Nordonia welcomed non-conference opponent Canton GlenOak to town. The Golden Eagles blanked the Knights by the score of 6-0.
"This was one to forget for us," said Stepp. "We were pretty much defending the whole game. We made a really well-played game by GlenOak look like they were more than human."
The good news is that Nordonia bounced back from that loss by beating Woodridge, another non-conference opponent, by a 2-0 margin Sept. 17. The match was the Knights' third straight home contest.
Crockett and senior defender Cody Dodds accounted for Nordonia's goals. The best part of the victory was that Woodridge entered the match undefeated.
"Woodridge is a high-quality team," said Stepp. "Things just seemed to click for us."
Nordonia now owns an overall record of 2-6. The Knights are also 0-3 within the National Conference of the Suburban League.
On Sept. 20, Nordonia traveled to conference counterpart Cuyahoga Falls, but results were not available at press time.
On Sept. 24, the Knights are slated to host non-conference opponent Crestwood at 8 p.m.