Wildcats fall to Linsly in first game under the lights

RICHMOND – Linsly controlled the ball and the game.

The Cadets scored two goals less than two minutes into the game, and the Linsly boys’ soccer team went on to defeat Edison, 6-0, in a game played Tuesday night under the lights at Edison to spoil the Wildcats’ Senior Night.

“They scored two early goals, but they didn’t get their heads down,” Edison (0-15) head coach Chris Bomely said. “They didn’t get down. They only scored one other goal in the half to make 3-0 at halftime.

“The kids played hard. They came out ready to play. In the second half, it was the same thing. We made changes. We tried to do some things differently. It paid off for us. They scored a couple goals late in the game.

“For our first time playing under the lights, it was a good game.”

Cole Holubeck contributed a hat trick to lead the way for the Cadets (15-4).

Mason George, Robert Felton and HaMin Joo also scored goals for Linsly.

“It was nice to be a part of their senior festivities,” Linsly head coach Eric Fries said. “It was a great game. They had the dedication of the lights. It was nice to play here tonight.”

The Cadets had chances to score throughout most of the game. The score would have been worse if not for the play of Edison sophomore goalie Josh Wioka. Wioka finished the night with 18 saves.

“Their kids played hard,” Fries said. “You could tell their seniors were excited about playing tonight. Their goalie played an outstanding game. He made some great saves.”

The Wildcats had a couple of shots on goal in the game. Linsly backup goalie Brady Bower made one save in the second half as starting goalie Daniel Truong played out in the field.

“Linsly beat Catholic Central to get to the finals of the OVAC Cup,” Bomely said.

“We knew they could pass. They pass well. They moved the ball around.

“They have good speed. We expected nothing but that, and that is what they brought tonight. We were prepared for it, and we executed the best we could.”

Edison’s next game is Thursday at Magnolia.

“We played a game under the lights three years ago out at Springfield,” Bomely said. “It was great to have a Senior Night here under the lights. It was a great opportunity for the kids. We got to play a doubleheader with the girls.”

Linsly’s next game is Friday at Huntington St. Joseph Central.

“It is always nice to get a win,” Fries said. “It is always nice to get a good result. We want to make sure we are prepared. We want the seniors to get everything they deserve.

“We only have a couple regular season games left until we play in the Mid-West Prep Tournament. We will play a team from Cleveland and from Illinois.”

Tuesday’s game was the final home game for Edison’s three seniors – Travis Bell, Zac Sansone and Armando Sinicropi.