Jallow continues to shine for Creek, leads key win

BATTLING FOR IT — Indian Creek’s Alpha Jallow and Brooke’s Liam Cronin battle for the ball during the first half of Thursday’s game. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

MINGO JUNCTION – The Alpha Jallow show continues.

Jallow tallied a hat trick to lead the Indian Creek boys’ soccer team to a 4-0 victory against Brooke Thursday evening at Muth Field.

According to the stats listed on MaxPreps.com, Jallow entered the game third in the nation with 29 goals and fifth in total points with 58. Meanwhile, teammate Gunnar Brettell was fourth in assists with 18.

“If you look at MaxPreps, Jallow leads Division II in goals, and Gunnar leads in assists,” Indian Creek head coach Chuck Bretell said. “How cool is that?”

Jallow scored two goals in the first half and one in the second.

“This is one of the biggest games we have won,” coach Brettell said. “We played 80 minutes of soccer from the beginning to the end. Sometimes, we lose focus. When we keep our focus, we are pretty good. This was a huge win for us. It was a huge win for the OVACs. We were fourth and fifth coming in.

“Teams try to double and triple team Alpha and Gunnar. We have speed. When we are able to spread the field, our speed is an asset.”

The Redskins speed up top gave the Bruins trouble.

“A little bit,” Brooke (4-4-2) head coach Joe Pepe said. “They were the better team today. We are battle-worn. We just could not do anything today. I have said before we have young team, and we will only go as far as our three seniors and our one junior will take us until our sophomores and freshmen mature. Indian Creek has speed. That’s good. They played an excellent game. They wanted it more.”

Anthony Perrino produced the other goal for the Redskins, while Porter Maiarano recorded an assist.

Logan Davis came up big in goal for Indian Creek as he made 15 saves en route to recording the shutout.

“He got the golden pop,” coach Brettell said. “I give out Tootsie Roll pops. The golden one is the one you want to get, and he got the golden one. Early in the game, he made a great save. If he doesn’t make that save, it is 1-0 Brooke, and the whole game may have changed.”

Garrett Bernardini made four saves in goal for the Bruins.

The Redskins led 3-0 at halftime.

Brooke outshot Indian Creek, 21-9, in the game. The Bruins took 15 shots on goal, while the Redskins took eight.

“We work on finishing,” Pepe said. “Things just didn’t go our way.”

Jallow opened the scoring about midway through the first half to give Indian Creek a 1-0 lead. Jallow then collected his second goal about 10 minutes later to increase the Redskins’ advantage to 2-0.

Perrino capped the scoring in the first when he scored off of a Maiarano corner kick.

“Brooke is always good,” coach Brettell said. “There is never a bad Brooke team. That is why beating them is so special. We remember when we beat them because wins against them are few and far between.

“It is fun to see what teams do when they play us. Teams do different things against us. We were able to adjust on the fly today. That is something we have been working on in practice. We talked to them before the game. We kind of had a chalk talk. We told them if they do this, then we were going to do this. We changed our formation. We changed people.”

Jallow extended Indian Creek’s advantage to 4-0 when he scored about three minutes into the second half.

“Brooke plays physical,” Coach Brettell said. “They play hard. They play physical soccer. It is usually a low-scoring game.”

Both teams are scheduled to play Saturday.

Indian Creek is slated to play rival Catholic Central at 2 p.m. at home. Brooke plays at Buckhannon-Upshur at 1:30 p.m.