Ottawa VS. Morris in Steator Cup Challenge
September 4, 2012By Clayton Conness of Ottawa Township High School
OTTAWA---The Morris Redskins dominated the Ottawa Boy’s soccer team from the get-go on Tuesday afternoon in the first game of the Streator Cup Challenge, defeating the Pirates by a convincing 5 goals to 1.
Morris started the attack against Ottawa’s diamond defense by firing 3 shots within the first 3 minutes of play, one, of which, forcing a save by Ottawa Senior goalkeeper and captain Blake Adair.
But the offensive charge was too much for the Pirates to handle as Morris Redskin Mester Rodriguez was able to tuck a shot past Adair to give Morris a 1-0 lead with just under 23 minutes to play in the first half.
After the goal, the Redskins still kept the pressure going, producing counterattack after counterattack with clearances by the defense and through balls to the forwards from the midfielders to tally yet another goal before halftime to double their lead.
In the second half, Senior Alex Trumbo gave the Pirates some hope as he headed a Nolan McCorkle free kick over the outstretched hand of the Morris goalie and underneath the crossbar to putOttawaon the board.
“I was real proud of the guys to fight through it and fight through the heat and adversity out there and getting that next goal to get a little bit closer there,” said Ottawa Head Coach Jeff Davis, “It was a nicely timed header by (Alex) Trumbo.”
That bit of hope was quickly extinguished as Morris’s Jake Reed was able beat Adair on the right side less than a minute later to put the Redskins right back where they were.
“Unfortunately, they struck back real quickly while we were trying to catch our breath there and they put it right back on the net and took the wind kind of out of our sails,” said Davis, “It would’ve been nice to hold them for a couple minutes to get the confidence built up and maybe put another one on the net.”
At full time, Morris had captured a 5-1 win while taking 34 shots, 17, of which, that were on goal.
Adair was up for the test; as he compiled 12 saves, including a noteworthy diving fingertip save off the head of an attacking Redskin.
“He made some real nice saves,” saidDavis, “Unfortunately, if he’s getting a ton of balls, making a lot of saves, that’s usually not a good thing. That means that our defense and midfielders and forwards aren’t playing strong enough defense to help him out.”
Adair’s helpers better be on the ball in their next match if they hope to come away with a win as they travel to Streator on Thursday to take on a tough Bulldogs team inOttawa’s second game of the tournament.