Aug. 20—The Washington Catholic boys soccer team came back against Shoals from two goals down to tie earlier the week, but the two-goal deficit proved to be too much on Thursday against White River Valley at Rees Field.
Although WC (0-1-1) cut it to 4-3 in the final two minutes, it wasn’t quite enough. However, they did greatly improve on the 8-0 lost to WRV last year and have shown a lot more scoring.
“We’re still learning. We got hit hard with losing so many with injuries in the pre-season and we had just one sub. So to come back from 3-1 down, I feel like we played well,” said WC coach Dan Maley.”Most of our defenders are fairly new to their positions. They’re all new to the game so they’ve done fantastically well in the short space.”
Goals were scored on the first two shots of the game. Cardinal Sean Babrick scored at 38:15 on a shot just inside the left post. However, WRV responded at 37:26 with a goal in the upper right side of the net. Both teams had chances over the next 10 minutes, but it was WC keeper Jack Halter who came with a big save at the 24-minute mark.
WRV had a direct kick half way through the half, but the score remained 1-1.WC continued to pressure WRV, as Babrick added several shots from outside the box.
WRV took advantage of a call just outside the box as Briar English scored just left of the wall to give the Wolverines the 2-1 lead with 11:06 left in the first. Halter also came up with a big save on the goal line with five minutes to play however it would remain 2-1 after 40 minutes,
WRV added a goal from Jeff Oliver at 35:38 of the second to extend it to 3-1.
Both Will Bassler and Bronson Bryant made nice runs in the first 10 minutes of the second for WC, but neither were able to convert.
WRV lost a player to a red card at 24:51, and moments later, a free kick on the restart from Babrick, paired pass to Bryant ended up as WC’s second goal and cut the margin to just one.
The Wolverines put a ball off the cross bar at just under 12 to go, but WC also had a great chance on the goal line but neither scored. WC picked up a yellow card and WRV scored on a direct kick from Dalton Fulford to make it 4-2 for WC.
WC added a final goal from Babrick at 2:13 but they would still come up just short.
WC plays Dubois on the road next week.