The Western Hills boys soccer team hadn't lost in 11 straight matches but that streak came to end Tuesday night as the Wolverines dropped a 2-1 decision to Lafayette at Sower Soccer Field.
WHHS falls to 12-3-2 with the loss while the Generals improve to 9-5-4. The Wolverines had won nine of their last 11 games with the other two ending in ties.
This one, however, was a highly contested, physical match throughout.
"This was a very, very physical game," Western Hills coach Gary Rue said. "We wanted it really bad but sometimes when you play so hard, you play out of sync, especially in the passing game, and that's what we did.
"This was a tough loss, but I liked our intensity out there tonight."
The teams played scoreless for the first 29 minutes, but Lafayette's Zach Fleisher made it 1-0 in favor of the Generals when he scored after WHHS keeper Aaron Lawrence had to come out of goal.
"We didn't have anybody there in support," said senior Tim Sayles of the goal, "and we got back too late."
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