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Beavers defeat Big Red

October 4, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The offense was not the problem.

Throughout the season, the Big Red boys' soccer team has had difficulty scoring goals while the defense limited the opposition's ability to score.

Thursday night's game proved to be a reversal of that.

DeShawn Parker recorded a hat trick to go along with one assist and Chase Hilliard delivered two goals and two assists leading Beaver Local to a 6-4 victory over Steubenville at Harding Stadium.

"We ran into two talented offensive players tonight," Big Red (8-4-2) head coach Greg Bowers said. "DeShawn Parker and Chase Hilliard work well together up top. They are talented. They gave our defense a good test."

Josh Underwood also tallied a goal for the Beavers (10-3-1). Logen Andrews added an assist.

"This is the first time we have played a complete game," second-year Beaver Local head coach Mike Hilliard said. "We had good teamwork up front. Our defense came through when they needed to, and our goalie played a strong game.

"We would get a two-goal lead, and Steubenville would not quit. They came right back. They would score to cut to one goal.

"Their goalie is spectactular."

Both goalies made some key saves.

John Paul Duff finished with 16 saves for Big Red, while Devon Oliver recorded 11 saves for the Beavers.

"We knew they were talented up front," Bowers said. "We were prepared defensively to stop them. They just did a better job of breaking through our defense than we did of stopping of them."

Beaver Local scored three goals in each half.

"We did not know a lot about them, but we knew it was going to be a tough game," coach Hilliard said. "After we knocked them out of sectionals last year, we knew they would be gunning for us.

"We played with a lot of heart and intensity tonight from start to finish."

Dominic DiCarlo delivered a goal and three assists to lead the way offensively for Big Red.

Jason Criss, Jorge Dominguez and Parker Dalton all netted goals for the hosts.

"We did do some good things also," Bowers said. "We moved the ball. We got to the ball first most of the second half. We just need to play a complete game against a team like this.

"We played catch up the whole time. We just couldn't get that equalizer. We would get within one, and they would get another one each time."

The Beavers are facing a lot of different competition this year since Beaver Local dropped out of the All-American Conference at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

"It is a lot different," coach Hilliard said. "We play teams like Harrison Central and Columbiana. It is a completely different style, too."

Beaver Local will play rival East Liverpool as part of a girls' and boys' doubleheader on Senior Night Saturday.

"We are playing well," coach Hilliard said. "After tonight's game, we play Liverpool. Hopefully, it is a good clean game. I expect it to be a hard-fought game. We finish up with Indian Creek and then the playoffs. Hopefully, we can build off the moment from this game."

Big Red will play Edison in a scrimmage at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Harding Stadium in the first of four Breast Cancer Awareness Games.

"I am going to dress all 31 players," Bowers said. "They are all going to play."

Big Red will then play Tuesday at Wheeling Central.

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