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Big Red knocks off Red Devils

September 12, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Steubenville and St. Clairsville have developed quite a rivalry over the past several years ... in boys' soccer.

Tuesday night was no different as the two talented squads met on the turf at Red Devil Stadium.

Big Red (3-2-1) tallied a late goal in each half to halt the Red Devils' unbeaten streak at six straight, 2-0.

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GOAL — Steubenville's Brandon Llewellyn scores past St. Clairsville goalkeeper Izaac Wiley in Big Red’s 2-0 road win Tuesday.
-- Kim North

"We had opportunities and didn't cash in," St. Clairsville head coach Gary Watt explained. "They had some opportunities, and they cashed in. That was the big difference."

It didn't help that the Red Devils lost senior Jimmy Cash, their leading scorer, early on to a hip injury.

"Jimmy's been hurt for a couple of games now," Watt said. "He's probably going to be hurt for a couple more games, so someone has to step up."

Nobody did that Tuesday, as far as scoring goes, as veteran Big Red goalkeeper John-Paul Duff kept the Red Devils off the board. He made 13 saves for his fifth shutout of the campaign.

"Defense has never been a question mark for us," Big Red head coach Greg Bowers allowed. "John-Paul had to make a couple of hard saves tonight, but I thought our defense in front of him did an outstanding job of limiting St. Clairsville's chances."

Big Red threatened once before Steubenville got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute. Jorge Dominguez worked the ball downfield and slipped a pass to the middle of the field at the top of the box where Big Red's Brandon Llewellyn and St. Clairsville goalkeeper Izaac Wiley both charged for the ball, with Llewellyn just beating Wiley to it and nudging it into the wide-open net.

The Red Devils had at least four chances to score in the second half, but the Big Red defense and Duff were up to the challenge each and every time.

Dominic DiCarlo gave the visitors an insurance goal when he lasered the ball along the rug and past a diving Wiley in the 72nd minute.

"They (Big Red) have an experienced defense," Watt noted. "We had some opportunities, but they just shut us down. You've got to be able to finish, and we didn't do that tonight."

Duff finished with 13 saves, while Wiley denied 15.

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