Big Red’s Bowers wins 100th

RICHMOND – Steubenville controlled the ball and the match en route to a historic victory.

The Big Red boys’ soccer team scored a goal less than a minute into its match Tuesday evening at Edison, and Big Red did not look back in a 6-1 win.

“We got off to a quick start like we did in our first game against East Liverpool,” Big Red (2-0) head coach Greg Bowers said. “Our shots were a little off in the first half. Edison did a good job on defense to keep it 2-0 at halftime.”

The win was career victory No. 100 for Bowers.

“One-hundred wins means you have good kids and good families to coach,” Bowers said. “One I first took the job, there were good families and good kids. They are hard-working. They are dedicated. It is more about what they have done than me.”

Bowers is in his ninth season as head coach. He took over the program in 2004 after serving two years as an assistant coach under former head coach Brian Scarpone. Bowers graduated from Shawnee High School in Lima before playing collegiate soccer at Urbana.

“When I was given the opportunity to coach soccer at Big Red, I didn’t know what to expect,” Bowers said. “We had success right from the beginning. I have been blessed to coach some tremendous kids.”

Big Red scored its first goal 47 seconds into the match and scored the last with just four seconds left in the contest.

“We have a young team, and we are having a hard time controlling the ball in the middle,” Edison (0-3) head coach Chris Bomely said. “They scored a score quick on us in the first half. Big Red took a lot of shots.

“Our kids continued to play hard. They continued to battle. We were able to get one in the net in the second half.”

Six players scored goals for Big Red.

“That is one positive thing, having six kids score goals,” Bowers said.

Jason Criss, Phil Stoutz, Jorge Dominguez, Michael Rosachi, Parker Dalton and Blake Mullen all scored goals for the victors.

Mullen also netted two assists, while Stoutz, Dominguez, Rosachi and Dominic DiCarlo all recorded one.

Goalie John Paul Duff finished with three saves.

“Big Red has a good, solid defense,” Bomely said. “They have Dominic and Jorge in the midfield. They have good strikers. They have a good, solid trio up front.”

Christian Durbin collected the goal for the Wildcats. Durbin’s goal came off of a rebound off a direct kick by Zac Sansone.

Edison used two goalies. Travis Bell started the game and made 14 saves. He was replaced by Armando Sinicropi with just under three minutes left to play. He made one save.

Big Red controlled the ball on the Wildcats’ side of the field for the majority of the game, essentially from start to finish.

Big Red outshot Edison, 34-4. Big Red took 21 shots on goal, while the Wildcats took four. Big Red took eight corner kicks, while Edison took one. Big Red’s pressure forced Edison into taking 25 goal kicks, while the Wildcats forced Big Red into taking three.

Big Red scored four goals in the second half.

“We want better, quality finishes,” Bowers said. “We are working on it. With the lack of a true goal scorer, we are going to have to do it by committee, and the kids understand that.”

Big Red led 5-0 before Durbin scored to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with 9:31 left to play in the game.

“We knew they were going to play five or six in the back, they were going to play three in the midfield and have two guys up top,” Bowers said. “We moved the ball well. We just had a lack of finishes.”

The Wildcats visit Brooke at 5 p.m. Thursday. Big Red will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Weir.

“It is going to be a matter of who can get a couple into the net,” Bowers said. “They are always talented on defense. They are always talented on offense. They are well coached. It is always a close game. We have had some difficulty winning over there the last few years. We are looking to change that.”