Harrison rallies past Indian Creek by 7-2

MINGO JUNCTION – The rain came and the game changed.

The Harrison Central boys’s soccer team scored seven unanswered goals to rally to defeat Buckeye 8 rival Indian Creek, 7-2, Thursday at John Muth Field.

The Redskins struck first less than three minutes into the game, and minutes later rain came down from the sky. Shortly thereafter, Indian Creek scored another goal on a penalty kick to take a 2-0 advantage, but the rest of the game belonged to the Huskies.

Harrison Central (4-2) scored three goals in the first half to take the lead into halftime, and the Huskies collected four more in the second half to pull away for the victory.

“It did,” first-year Harrison Central head coach Derek Gramling said about the game changing after the rain came. “Indian Creek scored two early goals. The first one was one a real-nice shot, and the other one was on a penalty kick. After that, we scored three straight goals before halftime to give us the momentum going into the second half. In the second half, we were able to score more goals. We had a freshman get a hat trick. When you have a freshman score three goals, that bodes well for the future. It was a good game. It is something we can build on. Hopefully, we can maintian our momentum going forward.”

For the Redskins (2-6), a good start turned into a bad finish.

“It had nothing to do with the rain,” Indian Creek head coach Chuck Brettell said.

“I’m so disappointed. We had a great practice yesterday. We had a great attitude. We started off the game well, and then they jumped all over us. I’m as disappointed as I have ever been. We just collapsed. We are looking for a leader. Every team we play has at least that one player who steps up for them. We don’t have that. We have young guys. The young guys play hard, but they are young guys. We need our older guys to take control. They haven’t done that. I’m so disppointed. The youth movement will continue.”

Freshman Brady Positano produced a hat trick to go along with one assist to lead the way offensively for the visitors.

Also for the Huskies, Evan Stine netted two goals, Michael Downs delivered a goal and an assist and Jack Novotny collected a goal.

Finally, Eric Leech tallied two assists, while Jacob Arnold, Jesse Griffin and Lucas Puskarich all finished with an assist.

Job Positano made five saves in goal for the Huskies.

“They played well,” Brettell said. “Give them credit. They have a solid team. No. 12 (Stine) is a pretty-good player.”

Ensign Maiarano and Gunnar Brettell each tallied a goal for the Redskins, Gunnar Brettell’s goal came on a penalty kick.

Indian Creek used two goalies in the game. Trevor Takach started in the net, and he made eight saves before being replaced during the second half by Logan Davis, who made one save.

“We scrimmaged before the season,” Gramling said. “We didn’t play well early in this game. We played them twice last season. We scrimmaged them before the season and then played them during the season. We know them pretty well. They are a bit unlucky. The score is flattering for us. We know their team well.”

After falling behind 2-0, Harrison Central took control of the game. The Huskies outshot the Redskins, 20-8, in the game.

“Intensity,” Coach Brettell said asked what changed for the Huskies during the game. “We talked to the kids about it at halftime. They got down, and then they got mad. We just don’t have that killer instinct. I hate to say it, but it is the truth. It is the same thing. I just keep repeating myself. The other day we played Brooke, and it was 1-0 three-fourths of the way into the game, and the final score was 4-0. This is the most disappointed I have ever been.”

Harrison Central’s offensive pressure resulted in Indian Creek taking 10 more goal kicks than the Huskies.

“The boys put their heads down when it was 2-0, and they bounced back and scored three goals before halftime,” Gramling said. “These boys have a lot of heart. They never give up. In the beginnning, they outhustled us, but after that we outhustled them. We fought our way back into the game. The boys hustled. They kept their heads in the game. They have a lot of heart.”

Indian Creek is scheduled to play again at 2 p.m. Saturday out at Cambridge. The time of the game was pushed back due to ACT testing Saturday morning.

Harrison Central is slated to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against East Liverpool.