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Indian Creek earns first victory

August 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

GLEN DALE - For the second consecutive game, John Marshall's boys' soccer team was able to earn a first half lead after the initial 40 minutes of play Tuesday afternoon.

Unfortunately, for the second straight time the Monarchs have tasted defeat in the final 10 minutes of play.

Junior Austin Litman tallied a first half hat-trick to help give John Marshall a one-goal advantage; however, Indian Creek controlled the game and eventually won the game in the second half, pulling out a 4-3 victory over the host Monarchs.

Both teams had been looking to hit the win column for the first time this campaign with head coach Jonathan Hoover's Redskins improving to 1-3 and Brian Noble's hard-luck Monarchs dropping to 0-5.

It was the visitors taking control early on, when Indian Creek had a shot carom off the top post, followed by a quick save by keeper Collin Stipetich on a second effort before senior Ian Gambill blasted a third try past a diving Stipetich with 37:54 showing to make it 1-0.

The count remained the same until the 30:13 mark, when Litman's free kick from deep in the box slid past Paul Stephen and a wall of Redskin defenders to even things up.

Litman then gave the hosts its first lead of the day at 2-1 when he stole the ball and knocked a shot in from close range with 11:57 to go in the half. That was answered by Indian Creek's Jared Conn at 4:41 on a shot that went off the hands of back-up keeper Kyle Patrick after Stipetich had left with an injury.

For the second time in the half it was Litman giving the Monarchs the upperhand, this time with just 2:06 to play in the half with a high ball into the back corner of the net on an assist from Justin Horan that made it a 3-2 game at the break.

However, the second half belonged almost entirely to the Redskins, who possessed the ball for much of the 40 minutes, but were only able to get off four shots, two of which made their way past Stipetich, who had returned.

The tie came at 25:12 on Gambill's second goal of the game, this one ricocheting off the top post to make it 3-3. The game-winner came at 7:27 when Conn kicked in his second goal of the day to send Indian Creek to the winner's circle for the first time.

"We practice execution all the time," Hoover admitted. "But it is up to them to go out and actually do it. Our biggest problem is finding our shooting touch and getting it going early on.

"Fortunately we were able to turn it up a notch in the second half and good things started happening for us."

Noble, meanwhile, was happy with his team's effort, but is still looking forward to getting over some injuries and being able to put his full team on the field.

"The injuries really hurt us and we are playing with some subs right now," Noble said. "But these kids go out every day and bust their butts. Our defense played well in the second half, and we are taking better shots, but we have to get more.

"Austin did a great job putting the ball into the net in the first half, but we need to get him some support."

While John Marshall returns to action Thursday at Brooke, Hoover takes his team to Columbus Saturday for a 1:15 p.m. contest against Van Buren High School in a game that will be played at Columbus Crew Stadium and is free to get in.

Stephen and Zach Barker each had five saves for the Redskins.

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