Magnolia Booters Picking Up Steam
The OVAC Class-AA Blue Eagle male booters tied the Class-AAAAA Indian Creek 3-3 at Hydro Field, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Both teams played the biggest first part of he opening half at midfield, as the Eagles Evan Heslop, Michael Jones, Jesse Long, Oscar Celedon and Joey Culley kept the Indian defense busy with their outstanding play.
At mid-part of the first 45 minutes, Jones was held in the box by an Indian defender and was rewarded a penalty kick, which he netted without their keeper moving an eyelash, to put the home team on top 1-0.
However, Indian Creek striker Max Lewis netted back-to-back goals to take the lead late in the half. But, Culley laid out a nice through ball between the Indian defense and freshman Oscar Celdon made quick work and netted a goal to knot the game at two at the break.
In the second half, the Indian striker fell down trying to get loose from Eagle defender Chase Croasmun and pulled him down with him. It was lucky for them, but bad for Magnolia, as the referee called Croasmun with a foul and rewarded Creek with a PK. The Indian Creek striker swished the cords, just beyond the reach of Eagle goalie Michale Winters to retake the lead at 3-2 midway through the second half of action.
With about 11 minutes left in the match, the Eagles midfielder, Soren Shade, placed a pretty pass to Jones at midfield and the Soccer Player of the Year candidate took the pass and burnt Creek with a sizzling goal that knotted the game at three.
The score stayed the same the rest of the game, but a few notable outstanding plays, both offensively and defensively where; Winters, going high in the air taking away a couple nice scoring opportunities for their guests.
He also spread his wings and started a Magnolia charge that led to scoring chances by the home team. Also, Celedon had a few scoring chances inside the Indian Creek 18 yard line, but missed wide each time. Two MHS and Indian Creek players were given yellow flags for hard fouls.
The Blue Eagle Assistant Coach Clinton Bruck said after the game,” The boys played well and gave us a good effort. If its not broken, it doesn’t need fixed. The boys are working as a team and our bench players are stepping up and gaining vital experience that will benefit them, as well as the team, in the near future.”
Winters made eight saves, while the Indian Creek keeper was a little busier, knocking away over a dozen shots, with most of them coming from close range.
The Eagles host Steubenville Sept. 15. at the Eagles Hydro Field at 5:30 p.m.