Devils lance Knights
The St. Clairsville Red Devils’ boys soccer team improved to 2-0 handing Tyler Consolidated (2-1) its first loss of the young season by a 4-1 Tuesday final on the turf at Red Devil Stadium.
Brock Ferrell, one of six seniors on Gary Watt’s squad, got the first goal for the Red Devils at 30:50 in the first half sending it into the net from 20 yards out.
Senior Jim Cash put the homestanding Devils up 2-0 at 21:42, taking a pass from Zach Oliver streaking down the right sidelines and crashing into the net defended by Silver Knights’ goalkeeper Nathan Heintzman and defenseman Brandon Frey. Cash came out of the fray keeping his feet and tapping the ball into the goal past Heintzman who ended up on his back in the collision.
Cash would again find paydirt early in the second half with an assist from Austin Holmes and then earned a hat trick making it 4-0 with 16:20 remaining.
“Jimmy just did a great job for us tonight,” said Red Devils’ head coach Gary Watt. “We lost 13 seniors last season, so we are expecting a lot out of all four guys down front.”
” Offensively, we are starting to gel and working as a unit to get plays going,” Watt added. “With losing so many guys, there are things we need to continue working on but I was very pleased with the progress we have made in the past week and a half since our scrimmages.”
“We have 7 freshman and with our numbers down, I think we faded a little at the end defensively,” Watt said. “We looked a little tired.”
Tyler Consolidated junior Matthew Goudy avoided the shut out by shooting a line drive under a diving Izaac Wiley, the only blemish on an otherwise flawless performance providing net security for the Red Devils.
“I thought we came out flat tonight and really did not get anything going until in the second half,” said Silver Knights’ head coach Scott Wall adding that this was the first time this season his team had been playing from behind. “You do not want to get down to a decent team and end up digging yourself out of a hole. St. Clairsville is quality and Coach Watt always fields a well coached team.”
“On a positive note, I think Nathan really stepped it up tonight,” Watt credited his junior goal keeper for keeping the his team in the contest after a sluggish start. “He really had not been tested up to this game and I was pleased with his response to the pressure.”
The Red Devils coach also complimented the opposing goalkeeper, “He was very aggressive and that took away several goals from us tonight.”
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