Delelles continues success
STEUBENVILLE — The special season for Ryan Delelles and the Big Red boys’ soccer team continues.
Delelles tallied four goals to lead the way as Big Red held on for a 4-3 victory over city-rival Catholic Central in the “Together We Care” Breast Cancer Awareness Soccer Tournament Final Saturday inside Harding Stadium to sweep the season series.
“Central always plays with a lot of heart,” Big Red (11-1-2) head coach Greg Bowers said. “We know they are not going to give up. We have to be smarter. We can’t make dumb penalties in the box that gives them a PK and the momentum. We were able to hang on and become Jefferson County champions.”
Big Red scored two goals in each half, while the Crusaders scored all of theirs in the second half.
“We were down 2-0 at halftime, and we were able to come back and score in the second half,” Catholic Central (11-4) head coach Steve Kopcha said. “We talked at halftime and said we wanted to put three in in the second half. We were able to do that, but we also gave up a couple.
“Both teams played extremely hard. It was a good game. It was a fun game to watch. The fans got to see a great game.”
Delelles scored all four goals for Big Red, and for his performance he was named Big Red’s MVP.
“He’s put so much time in and so much work in,” Bowers said. “He loves the game soccer. When you see a kid who loves the game and practices the way he does, you hope he is able to get rewards from that.”
As a result of his four goals, Delelles set a school record for most goals in a single season with 25.
“He delivered a great performance,” Bowers said. “He has a lot of drive, and he was determined that we were not going to leave this field without a win.”
Adam DiCarlo and T.J. Brown each had an assist for Big Red.
Jacob Clevenger made eight saves in goal.
Joe Kuebler, Joe Zinno and Mikey Irvin all netted a goal for Catholic Central.
Kolbe Rice and Irvin each recorded an assist.
Travis Shore made eight saves.
For his performance, Zinno was named Catholic Central’s MVP.
“He really appreciates it,” Kopcha said. “He deserves it. He has had a long and hard career. He has battled injuries. He is one of our senior leaders. He is thinking about the team. He wishes we were able to win this game today.”
This is the first year the event was held in a tournament format.
“It is another accomplishment,” Bowers said. “It means we are the best team in Jefferson County this season.Our kids have a lot of focus and drive, and they put in a lot of hard work every day.”
Big Red is scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Dover on senior night. Catholic Central is slated to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday down at Wheeling Park.