Moriah Vosteen comes up big for Crusaders

STEUBENVILLE – Preventing goals is just as important as scoring them.

Steubenville Catholic Central goalie Moriah Vosteen came up big with eight saves and Ana McNamara recorded a goal early in the second half enabling the Lady Crusaders to escape the Tony Recinella Soccer Field with a 1-1 tie against River View Wednesday evening.

The Black Bears (0-1-1) outshot the Crusaders (0-0-1), 12-7. River View ripped nine shots on goal, while Catholic Central tallied six.

“That is not enough,” Catholic Central head coach David LaRue said about his team’s offensive output. “We will work on that.

“We were missing our top scorer (Maria Boston) the last two years. She is out with an injured ankle.

“On defense, we were missing one our seniors, so we had two freshmen starting on the outside. I liked what I saw from them. Our rotating sub on defense was also a freshman.

“I am satisfied. They can do better. It is early yet.”

Both goals were scored in the second half.

McNamara netted her goal about seven minutes into the second half, while River View’s Erika Massie scored the equalizer with about five minutes left in the match.

The Black Bears had multiple opportunities to score throughout the contest, but Vosteen was up for the challenge, and the four-year starter made multiple key saves to keep her team in contention for the victory.

“I credit their goalie for that,” River View head coach Dave Krider said about his team’s missed opportunities to score. “She was phenomenal. She timed our advances really well. She was able to knock the ball out of the air. I give her a lot of credit. With goalies not as good as she is, we would have had more options on our breakaways. She was able to read our through balls pretty well.”

The visitors had a golden opportunity to net the first goal of the game about two minutes into the game, but Vosteen was able to deflect Destinee Frank’s shot to keep the game scoreless. The ball ended up hitting the crossbar after Vosteen knocked it away.

The stop was the first of several key saves for Vosteen.

“Our goalie was our man of the match,” LaRue said. “She will keep us in games we probably shouldn’t be in. She did that today maybe. Some of her saves were absolutely critical.”

After Vosteen’s first stop, the Crusaders were able to counterattack, and Katherine Moore had a good look on goal, but Heather Maxwell made the save about four minutes into the game.

Maxwell tallied five saves.

The Black Bears had a couple of more opportunities to score in the first half, but Vosteen denied them each time.

Early in the second half, the Crusaders were awarded a corner kick. The ball was corralled by Molly Marrow, who knocked the ball over to McNamara, who knocked the ball past Maxwell and into the net giving the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage.

Despite the strong play by their net minder, the Crusaders were unable to hold the lead.

Late in the game, the Black Bears had another breakaway opportunity. Vosteen came off of her line to make the first save, but the rebound bounced out to Massie, who lofted a shot into the net to tie the score.

Both teams pushed for the go-ahead goal, but neither was successful before time ran out.

Along with the standout play by Vosteen, River View cost itself multiple-scoring opportunities as a result of being caught in Catholic Central’s offside trap.

“We had to make an adjustment,” Krider said. “We don’t see that a lot. Not a lot of teams use the trap against us. We did enough to prevail. Four of our shots were breakaways. We just were not efficient. We got the chances we needed to win.

“It was a well-played game. It was a well-officiated game.”

Catholic Central hosts Parkersburg South at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

River View plays Tuesday at home against Zanesville.

River View opened the season Monday at home with a 1-0 loss to West Holmes.