The CBC Cadets shook off the offensive rust and came away with a 1-0 win over the SLUH Jr. Billikens Saturday night in the CBC Tournament finale. The goal was scored by senior Elijah Johnson, as he one-timed a ball sent in by Tyler McAllister. McAllister received a ball sent down the right touchline by sr. Adam Jones that he took to the endline while beating the SLUH defender, allowing him to take a couple touches towards goal before sending a well placed ball to the top near edge of the six yard box. Johnson’s shot was perfect, over the goalkeeper’s left shoulder into the top of the net.
PHOTO GALLERY – CBC v SLUH
It was the only one that got past sr. Alec Meissner who otherwise caused nothing but frustration for the CBC offense. It began early as the Cadet’s came out strong to start the match. In the ninth minute, after Nathan Temm’s run down the middle his thru ball to jr. Nick Dempster who’s initial shot was knocked down. Dempster continued his run and was inches from scoring when Meissner swatted the ball out of Dempster’s path. It was a great reaction (and pretty good picture I’d say)
In the 21st minute, jr. Jack Edwards hammered a shot from 30 yards that Meisnner saved as it came through the crowd. The hard shot rebounded out and the follow up shot by (?) rang off the near upright. In the 30th, after Brendan McAllister drew a foul near the corner, the resulting free kick was headed back across the goal by Connor Lonero but Meissner was there for a pair of saves.
The Jr. Billikens came out focused on breaking the scoreless draw in the second half and a minute in, drew a foul on the right touchline about 35 yards out. A beautiful free kick to the far post slipped through Mike Kamp’s hands but his defense was there to safely clear. That was the best chance of the match for SLUH, who finished without scoring a goal in the three tournament games last week, moving to 5-3-1 on the season.
CBC had a few more chances but it fell to Johnson to get the desired result on the evening. It’s worth noting that the Cadet’s did it with only three of their starters on the field (Gerteisen, Edwards and Lonero). Backup Mike Kamp got his first start, and shutout, in goal. Coach Terry Michler called up four players from the JV from the game and all got significant minutes as he ran three shifts at the Jr. Billikens. The callups were #21 Jake Weiss, #22 Caden Reinheimer, #23 Tyler Herberholt and #24 Nate Burke.