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Indian Creek coach Brettell gets first win over Weir High

WINTERSVILLE — Saturday was a long time coming for the Indian Creek boys soccer team.

Weir High went into the game with back-to-back victories at Jefferson County schools, Big Red and Catholic Central. However, the Red Riders were not able to complete the week sweep, as the Redskins played a strong game from start to finish, en route to a 3-0 victory Saturday at Kettlewell Stadium to knock Weir from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The game was added to Weir’s schedule Thursday. The two teams were scheduled to play Aug. 27 at Jimmy Carey Stadium, but the game was canceled. 

“Hands down, that is the best game we have played all year,” Indian Creek (3-1-3) head coach Chuck Brettell said. “It is not even close. Our young kids stepped up today. They grew their whiskers. We are down to 14 kids. We had an injury. We lost our center-mid. Our history against Weir is terrible. I don’t know if we have ever beaten them. This is the first time I have beaten them. 

“This is a huge OVAC game. Our young kids know what they can do. They grew up today. We are getting better every game. Weir has beaten us year after year after year. We played really well today. It was not a fluke.”

On the other side, it just wasn’t the Red Riders’ day.

“No, not at all,” Weir (3-1) said assistant coach Tyler Warrick, who was filling in for head coach Matt Kopp. 

Elijah Llewellyn tallied two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Redskins.

“They have a few very good players,” Warrick said. “Elijah Llewellyn is a really good player. He took control on offense. He put them in position to get chances. He dominated.”

Vitali Amis also collected a goal for Indian Creek, while Carson Copeland contributed an assist. Trevor Francis finished with eight saves in goal, en route to the shutout.

The Red Riders used two goalies. Jonathan Howard started in the net, and he made seven saves. John Wansack replaced him with a little less than six minutes left to play. He did not make a save.

“Weir is always a good team fundamentally,” Brettell said. “They are fundamentally sound. They work the ball. They are like Catholic Central. They do what they do well. There were two young teams on the field today. They are young like we are to be fair.”

Weir was able to generate some chances on offense, but the visitors were unable to find the back of the net.

“We held on to beat Liverpool, and that changed the game for us,” Brettell said. “East Liverpool is a tough team, and it was a tough game. We were able to beat them 2-1, and you could see the difference in the kids.

“They are starting to listen. They listened before, but they are really listening now. Their attitudes have changed 100 percent. Sometimes, that is all it takes.”

Weir’s season got off to a late start due to COVID-19. Warrick said it is tough for his kids to play three games in less than a week.

“Absolutely,” he said. “We are glad the kids are able to play. That is what we scheduled the way we did. Our game against Trinity was canceled because their county is red. We are doing our best to play as many games as we can. We do not know what to expect in the future.”

UP NEXT

Weir High: Hosts Hancock County rival Oak Glen at 6 p.m. Monday at home.

Indian Creek: Travels to Harrison Central at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wagner Field. 

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