An early goal Saturday by the Columbia Raiders was all they needed to defeat the Dukes and advance in the district tournament.
Columbia’s Wolf Loos scored 56 seconds into the game and Wellington was unable to get a single shot to find the back of the net.
The Dukes finished their regular season 4-10-2.
Two goals late in the second half last Tuesday lifted the Dukes over the Garfield Heights Trinity Trojans in the first round of the tournament.
Wellington’s offense came out strong, moving the ball well down the field, and taking multiple shots. The Dukes found the back of the net first but the Trojans answered right back with two goals.
The goals came right back scoring two goals to take back the lead, 3-2.
Trinity scored a goal late in the second half to tie the game but Wellington continued to pressure the back line of the Trojans and finished two more shots as time ran out to win the game.
The Dukes came out shooting on Oct. 14 against the Oberlin Phoenix but fell in the second half, losing 5-3.
Wellington’s Daniel Butti broke through the Oberlin defense nine minutes into the game and scored to give his team an early lead.
Oberlin’s Jack McMillin answered right back after dribbling the ball 65 yards through multiple Dukes defenders to finish a shot and tie the game.
The Dukes did not back down, pressuring the Phoenix defense and forcing corner kicks.
Sophomore Cole McLean headed in a corner kick halfway through the first half to give his team the lead.
McMillin scored a second goal and assisted on a goal by Tam Cadenhead to give Oberlin a 3-2 lead at halftime.
Despite the Dukes scoring a third goal, Oberlin’s Thayer Preston finished two shots to secure his team the win.
Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise
Wellington’s Jacob Storrow controls the ball at Columbia.