The SLUH Jr. Billikens big win at CBC got off to a fast start when Will Rudder buried a rebound off the upright in the 5th minute of the match. The play was started by Sr. Pietro Nicastro who picked up a loose ball near the center circle before taking off down the left side and reaching the end line. His pass back to towards the penalty spot was smacked off the near upright and Rudder buried his shot to the opposite side while much of the defense was still trying to determine where the ball was at.
PHOTO GALLERY – SLUH Wins Big at CBC
Rudder was once again the beneficiary early in the second half when Louis Vacca burst past his defender, beat a second challenge along the touch line and then sent his pass through the box. Rudder had kept pace with him and beat his defender to the ball, redirecting it back across for the 2-0 lead in the 47th. Nicastro scored the final goal for the Jr. Billikens in the 78th as he hit what was described as a laser past Nick Randazzo from the edge of the box.
The second shutout for SLUH at the CBC Soccer Tournament, seven total goals scored by four players with Rudder getting three, Peter Kickham two and Alex Lehmann and Pietro Nicastro one each. That’s four goals from the midfield. That’s going to be a challenge for any team and DeSmet is the next to undertake it.
The Cadets were not without chances in the match Thursday. The first came in the 30th when they had three different opportunities in the six yard box that was finally snuffed when Alec Meissner punched wide. In the second half, Jack Edwards hammered a low ball from 25 yards that Meissner got down for and pushed wide. Later, Meissner reminded us he is not infallible, when the indefatigable Nick Dempster got in front and blocked his kick outside the box. The ball rebounded straight towards goal but Alec reacted quickly and won the footrace with both the ball and Dempster to get back and corral it. As time wound down, a bouncing ball got over the back line and only a decisive play kept Dempster from scoring.
For those paying attention, it’s worth noting that Coach Michler made eight changes from his line up on Tuesday. That included realigning his back four and central midfield with five new players getting the start. There is one sophomore in the starting lineup, Sam Benoist, and after his fine work in the central midfield for his State Cup Champions side, I’d like to see him moved inside from his current wing role to pair with Sr. Jack Edwards and Jr. Nate Temm.
CBC falls to 5-2 after taking two losses to open their tournament and will face Vianney Saturday at 7:00 pm. Both teams will be looking for their first win this week.
SLUH moves to 8-0-1 and will face DeSmet Saturday at 5:00 pm with the tournament title on the line. The Spartans are 5-1 after their 1-0 win over Vianney Thursday.