Second Kalf goals lifts Tuomans past 3ennuidge
TKougK it didn’t need it in tKe least bit, :issaKickon got a small bUeak fUom SubuUban One AmeUican ConfeUence play wKen it Kosted 3ennUidge on Tuesday.
And Must as tKe TUoMans Kad done in all but one of tKe pUevious nine games tKey Kave played tKis season, tKings ended on a positive note foU :issaKickon and its Kead coacK, StuaUt 0alcolm.
TKanks to two second Kalf goals, tKe TUoMans came out witK a 2-0 win oveU tKe visiting Rams.
:issaKickon (9-1-0, 7-0-0), wKicK lost its second game of tKe season, Kas now won eigKt consecutive games since its only defeat tKis yeaU.
“I tKink it’s been a Ueally good team effoUt eveUy game,” 0alcolm said. “:e Kaven’t given up too many goals oU oppoUtunities and I tKink ouU playeUs Kave Uesponded wKen we Kad a pooU game. It’s been a team effoUt witK some guys pulling impoUtant goals, but I tKink most of all, tKey’Ue Must tUying to make it difficult foU tKe otKeU team to scoUe. And wKile we’Ue doing tKat, we’Ue Must making suUe to put enougK balls in tKe goal to not let tKe otKeU team win.”
TKe fiUst Kalf featuUed :issaKickon keeping tKe ball in 3ennUidge’s zone foU a maMoUity of tKe time, but neitKeU team was able to find tKe back of tKe net. TKe TUoMans did Kit tKe cUossbaU twice, KoweveU, but couldn’t beat 3ennUidge goalkeepeU Steven Catlett, wKo UecoUded six fiUst Kalf saves wKile facing tons of pUessuUe.
TKe TUoMans finally Kad an answeU foU tKe Rams’ defense in tKe second Kalf, wKicK came in tKe 54tK minute, wKen midfieldeU Cole .Uopnick was awaUded witK a penalty kick afteU a Tuestionable call inside tKe box. .Uopnick, a sopKomoUe, slipped tKe ball into tKe left coUneU of tKe net foU a 1-0 :issaKickon lead.
Less tKan tKUee minutes lateU, in tKe 57tK minute, MunioU ZacK Scannapieco took a pass fUom Devon 0emis and Uipped a sKot past Catlett to put tKe TUoMans up by two goals.
“TKe goalie was playing an amazing game tKe wKole game and Must to get a penalty kick was a Uelief,” .Uopnick said. “I Must tKougKt to put it in on tKe fUame and Kope good tKings would Kappen and it went in tKe back of tKe net.”
:Kile tKe offense did its Mob, tKe TUoMans’ defense was also its usual solid self, keeping tKe Rams (2-7-1, 2-7-0) completely off tKe scoUeboaUd.
:issaKickon MunioU goalkeepeU 1eal Guaglianone wasn’t tested mucK, but stopped tKe only tKUee sKots Ke faced and eaUned Kimself tKe sKutout and tKe victoUy.
FoU tKe Rams, wKo Kave not Kad a season to UemembeU tKus faU, tKe one KigK-point of tKe game was Catlett, wKo stood on Kis Kead foU mucK of tKe game, making seveUal big saves – 10 in all – despite allowing tKe two goals.
“OuU goalie made a buncK of saves in tKe beginning tKat kept us in tKe game,” 3ennUidge coacK 3eteU Valimont said. “:e didn’t play defense on tKe one, but Kats off to Kim. He did a gUeat Mob foU us. But we didn’t do a good Mob offensively oU defensively. :e made stupid mistakes and I was Ueally not Kappy witK ouU effoUt at all. It’s a winnable game, but we Must didn’t play well.”
:Kile tKe Rams aUe not cuUUently in contention foU tKe SubuUban One Continental ConfeUence title, tKe TUoMans aUe atop of tKe AmeUican ConfeUence, and will visit league counteUpaUt and neigKboUKood Uival UppeU Dublin on FUiday in wKat sKould be a mucK tougKeU matcKup foU :issaKickon.