Creek downs Royals

MINGO JUNCTION – The Indian Creek boys’ soccer team scored four goals in the first half en route to a 4-2 victory over Jefferson County Christian Thursday evening at Muth Field.

The game was called midway through the second half due to lightning.

“It was a really good game,” Indian Creek (7-7) head coach Jonathan Hoover said. “We played well. It was nice to get our seniors involved. They played well. The entire team played well. We moved the ball. We communicated. We played well. It was good to see.”

The Royals (13-3) scored a goal in each half.

“The game didn’t go too badly,” Jefferson County Christian head coach Jim Seabright said. “We are down a few players. Indian Creek is a good team.”

Russell Ratcliffe recorded two goals for the Redskins, Max Lewis tallied a goal and two assists and Gabe Thomas also scored a goal.

Jordan Harold delivered an assist.

“They played well,” Seabright said.

Chris McGurn and Michael Wendt collected goals for the Royals. Garrison Mathison ended up with an assist.

“They played well,” Hoover said. “They are aggressive to the ball. They are not afraid of anyone. They are a tough opponent to play.”

Andrew Price recorded two saves in goal for the Redskins, while Matt Townsend made three saves in goal for the Royals.

Both teams had chances to score goals throughout the game.

“They made the most of their opportunities,” Seabright. “We did not make the most of ours. The kids played hard.”

Hoover said he was pleased with how his team played overall against his alma mater.

“I am very happy,” he said. “We scored four goals. We scored in the first minute. When you do that, it makes coaching these guys a lot of fun and it makes it enjoyable.”

The play was back-and-forth in the second half before the game was stopped due to a flash of lightning.

“It is a shame the game had to be called due to the weather with 20 minutes left to play,” Hoover said. “It was unfortunate, but player safety is important. Both teams were playing well. Both teams could have scored another goal or two if the game continued.”

Jefferson County Christian’s next game is Thursday against Robinson Christian.

Indian Creek’s next game is at 2 p.m. Saturday against Catholic Central at Harding Stadium.

“It is the Breast Cancer Awareness Game,” Hoover said. “All eight local teams will be playing. The four boys’ teams will play, and the four girls’ teams will play. The games begin at 8 a.m. and go all day. Everyone should come out and support this cause.”