Joey Banner

Titusville goalkeeper Joey Banner (center) makes a leaping save on a corner kick during the first half of Thursday’s Region 4 match against Warren.

When Joey Timon was asked to sum up the Titusville boys soccer team’s 2020 season in one word, it was hard for the  first-year head coach to stick to a single word. With the unpredictability that has been this season, Timon came up with the adjective “wild.”

“From not knowing what is going to happen with COVID stuff happening every day, it has been wild,” he said.

The Rockets’ 2020 campaign drew to a close on Thursday afternoon at the hands of the undefeated Region 4 champions, Warren.

The visiting Dragons scored three times in both the first and second halves en route to a 6-0 result. Parks Ordiway scored four goals, while J.T. Blum tallied two scores and two assists. Ian Darling also chipped with two assists, and Zane Anderson added one assist.

Warren’s physical defense limited the locals to just three shots, but even with the negative outcome, Timon expressed his appreciation for his team’s efforts.

“It is tough to come out with this result,” said Timon. “But we certainly improved from the last time (against Warren). There were huge victories within this game, even though the score did not reflect that.”

Titusville was able to generate a few notable counter attacks in the second half. One in particular began off a point blank save by Joey Banner and quick outlet pass to Frank Barger, who turned on the jets and stampeded up the sideline past a handful of Warren fielders. The senior forward was able to carry the ball deep into the Rockets’ attacking zone before getting a shot off that was deflected wide, resulting in a corner kick.

Barger and Banner were two of Titusville’s six seniors who made their final appearance in the Brown and Gold. Cameron Cleland, Aiden Muir, Campbell Sines and Ean Tudor also took to the pitch one last time.

“We had a wonderful senior class,” said Timon. “To have these (underclassmen) be a part of this and have that leadership is amazing. You see them come off the field with tears in their eyes, it makes you feel good because you know they gave it their best.”

Following the wackiest lead-up to a season in recent memory, the Rockets wrapped up their season with a 6-8 overall record, improving on their 2019 win total by three games. This year will certainly go down as a key building block for the locals’ young core moving forward.

“It has been a great ride,” said Timon on the season that was. “I am going to miss these guys.”

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