MORGANTOWN — A cross-town soccer matchup was performed Tuesday night time at Pony Lewis Subject because the Morgantown Excessive College boys soccer group welcomed the Trinity Christian Warriors from Sabraton.
The Mohigans entered the sport unbeaten on the yr at 7-0-1, with a draw coming to Linsly final weekend, and the Warriors with a formidable report themselves of 5-2-1, their newest win coming over Tyler 7-0.
MHS took a 1-0 lead into halftime and added two extra objectives late within the recreation to achieve the ultimate rating of 3-0 over TCS. Regardless of the scoreline, the sport was aggressive and the Warriors had a number of probabilities to attain.
“Once you give them house to counter, they’re going to take it,” MHS head coach Sam Snyder mentioned. “They know the way to attract you into harmful passes after which get on the fuel and go however our guys centered and did effectively in transition protection. They positively make it onerous to attain.”
The opening ten minutes noticed the Mohigans with the vast majority of the possession on offense, with the Warriors taking part in some stable protection to disclaim any high quality probabilities. TCS senior keeper and captain Ben Lohmann made a pair of excellent saves early on to disclaim MHS an early opening objective.
MHS junior Aiden Stire entered the sport after ten minutes handed and made his presence felt lower than two minutes later. He discovered himself in some house on the left wing and minimize inside, opening house for himself to make a play. He performed a go to the ft of junior striker Riley Brabson, who took one contact to his left and buried a shot into the far proper nook of Lohmann’s objective.
Brabson’s ninth objective of the season gave the Mohigans a 1-0 lead with 28 minutes nonetheless to play earlier than the break, however response by the Warriors and continued protection held the MHS lead at only one objective after the opening half.
“They’re a extremely expert group and are extraordinarily robust on the ball,” Trinity head coach Dan Lohmann mentioned. “You need to have your head on a swivel and taking part in a aggressive recreation in opposition to a group of that high quality does nothing however make us higher and that’s what we wished this recreation to do.”
The second half noticed a lot of the identical as the primary half, with the Mohigans seeing the vast majority of the ball on offense and the Warriors making an attempt to interrupt the strains of the protection after successful possession again.
TCS almost discovered the equalizer with simply over 13 minutes to play as striker Charles Steptoe wrapped his left foot across the ball, aiming for the highest left nook of the objective. The shot curled by the air and appeared destined to nestle into the again of the web, however MHS keeper Tyler Crites was equal to the duty and made an unbelievable diving save to disclaim the Warriors.
Six minutes later with slightly below seven minutes left to play, Brabson scored his second of the night time, and tenth of the season, doubling the lead for his group and giving the hosts a cushion for the ultimate 5 minutes.
Stire added the third for MHS on a free kick one minute later that caught the TCS protection off guard and located the objective.
Tuesday’s match included halftime recognition of long-time soccer coach and supporter within the space, Ray Petrisin, who has coached in Monongalia County for 40 years, and beforehand coached at Morgantown, College and now assists TCS head coach Dan Lohmann together with his Warriors. He coached in eight state championships, successful 5 of them.
“Nicely it seems to be quite a bit totally different round right here than after we began this system in 1987,” Petrisin mentioned. “I returned from Australia in 1977 or 1978 after we acquired the rec program began then we began the committee to attempt to get soccer within the colleges and because it’s been rising tremendously.”
“Ray is an absolute legend in West Virginia soccer and I’ve counted on him for thus many issues,” Lohmann mentioned of Petrisin. “Not simply soccer, however life classes additionally. He’s been doing this for over 40 years and nothing can be potential with out his assist.”
The Mohigans earned a pleasant momentum win going into Thursday’s Mohawk Bowl matchup in opposition to rival College. TCS will journey on Thursday for a match in opposition to Williamstown.