Central blanks Creek

STEUBENVILLE – Catholic Central played for 80 minutes. Indian Creek did not.

The Catholic Central boys’ soccer team registered a 9-0 win over Indian Creek in a Breast Cancer Awareness Game Saturday afternoon at Harding Stadium.

“It was very exciting not only with how we played, but also with the day overall with all of the local schools playing,” Catholic Central (13-1-1) head coach Steve Kopcha said. “It was a special day.”

The Crusaders recorded three goals in the first half, and tallied six more in the second half.

“We came out flat in the second half,” Indian Creek (7-8) head coach Jonathan Hoover said. “I thought we played very aggressive in the first half, but we came out flat in the second half. We didn’t come out with that spark.”

Individually for Catholic Central, Leo Herrmann netted four goals, John-Paul McNamara recorded two goals and an assist and Harold Rogers, Jacob Rigaud and Kevin Herrmann all tallied a goal.

“I thought we contained him pretty well,” Hoover said about Herrmann, Catholic Central’s all-time leading scorer. “They had one on a run on a play in the first half. The other two goals came on a penalty kick and off of a free kick. He plays very hard. He works hard for his goals.”

Also for the Crusaders, Jude Ledyard delivered three assists, while Pat Hernon and Brady Bolger each recorded one.

“I knew a little bit about Indian Creek,” Kopcha said. “You get to see the local teams play. I knew it was going to be a competitive game. It was going to be a high-energy game. No. 10 (Max Lewis) and No. 11 (Russell Ratcliffe) impressed me with their speed. We knew it was going to be a competitive game coming in.”

The Crusaders’ John Bolster finished with five saves. He was replaced in the second half by Rigaud, who made one save.

“I was very happy with our defense,” Kopcha said. “John did a good job in goal. We were missing one of our defenders today. Isaac Stanford and Aidan Gotta stepped in and did a good job. Our defense did a good job holding them down.”

Andrew Price made seven saves for the Redskins.

“This late in the season, you know what to expect from the local teams,” Hoover said. “They played exactly how we thought they would play. Steve does a great job with them. They are well coached. They are disciplined.”

Linsly handed Catholic Central its first loss of the season when the Cadets blanked the Crusaders, 2-0, in the tournament semifinals Sept. 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Catholic Central has now won two-straight games after its loss to Linsly to be 13-1-1.

“All you can do is put the game behind you whether you win or lose,” Kopcha said. “You have to get ready for the next game. A sign of character from this team was we were able to put that loss behind us and we have been able to move forward.”

Both teams are scheduled to return to the field Tuesday. Catholic Central will play at 5 p.m. at home against John Marshall. Indian Creek will travel north into Columbiana County to take on Beaver Local.