Delelles outburst leads Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Ryan Delelles tallied a career-high and possible school record five goals to lead the Big Red boys’ soccer team to a 5-3 victory over Crestview Thursday evening inside Harding Stadium.

“I don’t know if we have had a player score five goals in a game before,” Big Red head coach Greg Bowers said.

Delelles scored two goals in the first half and three more in the second half.

“I was in a zone,” Delelles said. “I could not hit the broad side of a barn in the last few games. I’m happy I was able to capitalize out there today.”

The game was tied at 2 at halftime.

“We played strong,” Crestview head coach Jonathan Kinkead said. “We went toe-to-toe with them. We came out and battled. They were just a little more opportunistic than we were.”

For Big Red, Noah Reinacher recorded two assists, while Ian Phillips and Jacob Noble each tallied one.

Jacob Clevenger made five saves in goal.

Mitchell Lindsay, Matt Nery and Scott Murray each tallied a goal for the Rebels, while Luke Wickline and Jamie Diem each collected an assist.

Costen Santelmo made six saves in goal.

We knew they had some skilled players,” Bowers said about Crestview. “They play a tough schedule. We knew it was going to be a battle.”

Big Red (6-1-1) was in control for the first 34 minutes of the match. Delelles opened the scoring with his first goal with 33:28 left to play in the first half, and he netted his second with 24:52 remaining to be played before halftime to give Big Red a 2-0 lead.

“I didn’t really know what to expect from them,” Kinkead said. “They don’t play any teams that we play.

“I knew they had some strong players. This is all new to us.”

Down by two goals, the Rebels responded and scored a pair of goals in less than four minutes to knot the score at 2-all.

Lindsay put Crestview (4-7-1) on the scoreboard when he scored with 5:36 left to play before halftime. Diem assisted on the goal when he sent his free kick up the field to Mitchell, who headed the ball into the net.

Then, Nery scored with 2:12 left in the half to tie the score at 2.

“We played well,” Bowers said. “We moved the ball great in the first half. We just have to keep taking fouls. We can’t continue to foul. We keep fouling and giving teams opportunities, and they were able to capitalize on them. In the second half, we did not foul as much. We had some good ball movement, and we finished our opportunities.”

In the second half, Delelles scored with 36:39, 15:39 and 11:55 showing on the scoreboard clock.

“I probably scored five goals in a game when I was really young,” Delelles said. “I probably did it a long time ago.”

Delelles scored his fourth goal on a penalty kick.

“I think it comes down to the shooter making a mistake,” Delelles said. “I practice penalty kids every day. I try to be spot on them.”

Murray capped the scoring in the game when he scored with 3:26 left on the clock.

“It’s all about the team,” Delelles said. “It was important to get the win.”

Crestview is scheduled to play again at 10 a.m. Saturday at home against Beaver Local.

Big Red is scheduled to play at noon Saturday against Catholic Central at the Tony Recinella Soccer Field.

“We are looking forward to it,” Bowers said. “They have one loss, and we have one loss. It is going to be a highly-competitive game.”