Oak Harbor’s Andy Burnette has been overshadowed a bit in the early season by teammates Tate Haar and Connor Eli.
But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been a key contributor. And it certainly doesn’t mean his teammates don’t know the role Burnette plays in their success.
Burnette scored the only goal Thursday off a cross from Eli as the Rockets defeated Port Clinton 1-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Oak Harbor (11-0, 6-0) has topped the Redskins twice this season.
“It’s great knowing we can trust him on the offensive end,” Eli said. “He’s always there. I don’t even have to look over. We have so much chemistry — he knows it’s coming.”
Burnette, who tallied a key hat-trick and scored his team’s only two goals in a victory over Ottawa Hills, thrives on being aggressive and using his speed.
“He outruns everybody,” Eli said. “He’s going to outrun you. He was there when he needed to be. He always gives us a spark.”
Burnette’s goal came with a bout 4 minutes left Thursday.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to play on a team that works together,” Burnette said. “We’re like a family. We talk on the field and push each other in practice. Our heads went down when we kept hitting the post (Thursday) but we knew we’d overcome. It’s our heart.”
Kyle Draper was in goal for the shutout and made a few outstanding saves.
“He’s an excellent goalie, especially as a sophomore,” Burnette said. “He’s got seniors shooting on him and he’s not scared. He goes after it.”