STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Big Red boys soccer team may not have finished off as many attack opportunities as it may have liked against Edison Tuesday, but the two goals scored along with a John Paul Duff shut out combined for a 2-0 Big Red win at Harding Stadium.
"We had to spend a week with a bit of a disappointing tie after the first game," said Big Red head coach Greg Bowers. "We moved the ball well during that game, but didn't get on the scoreboard.
"We spent the whole first half trying to get it in today and we finally broke through."
Edison's Armando Sinicropi clears the ball away from Steubenville’s Dominic DiCarlo during Big Red's 2-0 win Tuesday at Harding Stadium. (Photo by Fred Younce)
Added Edison head coach Chris Bomley of the game's outcome, "They played hard, we just didn't execute as good as we did in the first two games last week. We have a lot of improvement to do."
Steubenville (1-0-1) controlled a majority of the action in the first half, but Edison goalie Travis Bell and company were up to the task of turning them away.
That is until at the 7:24 mark of the first half when senior striker Brandon Llewellyn made a strong individual move to get past the defense and then sent a beautiful crossing pass to junior midfielder Michael Rosaschi, who put the goal home for the 1-0 Big Red lead.
"Brandon made a great effort on the ball defense, turned the corner, and Mike did a great job of getting a foot on the ball and deflecting it in the goal," said Bowers.
The score stayed that way heading into halftime and through the first 22 and half minutes of the second half.
Jorge Dominguez beat the defense and got a shot off that Bell deflected. Dominguez stayed with the play though, the Wildcats (2-1) failed to clear the ball, and the senior striker punched home the follow up for the 2-0 Steubenville advantage.
"We said until we start moving the ball in our attacking third real well we're going to have to force goals to go in and he did a good job of that today," said Bowers.
It was all defense from there as Big Red claimed the victory.
Edison had a few second half attack opportunities, but Duff was up to the
task each time. The junior netminder turned away six Edison shots on goal.
"We've always played great defense," said Bowers. "We have four good ones back there and a good goalie. As long as we play that kind of defense it's always going to give us a chance."
Bell was strong in the loss for the Wildcats with 16 saves on the evening.
"We have to keep practicing with our defense to get our shots and get them on the goal," said Bomley. "We're not used to this turf. It's faster than we're used to and we just have to practice. That's all we can do is practice hard."
Big Red hosts Weir Thursday.