October 16, 2012
McGraw success outside the CCL
McGraw Central boys made certain their Senior Night would produce some fond soccer memories.
Venturing away from the Central Counties League on Monday afternoon, the league contenders improved to 11-2-1 overall with a 3-1 home field win over Blessed Virgin Mary Academy.
Cincinnatus Central, meanwhile, also took on a non-league test and played to a 1-1 overtime tie with Class C foe Tully. The Red Lions, currenly a point behind McGraw in the CCL standings, are 12-1-1 overall.
McGraw 3, Blessed Virgin Mary 1: Junior midfielder David Leach, senior forward Nick Cowen and senior midfielder-forward Devin McGuinness had one goal each for the Eagles on Senior Night.
Leach put home the rebound of a shot by sophomore midfielder-forward Matt Morgan with 13:01 left in the first half. BVMA’s Michael Clem scored unassisted 2:22 into the second half to tie the score, and Cowen got the eventual game-winner with 19:33 left off a corner kick by senjor midfielder Colby Barnhart. McGuiness scored into an empty net with 3.3 seconds left after a mis-kick by BVMA goalie Michael Simonton.
McGraw had an 18-12 shot advantage in the contest, junior goalkeeper Ryan White with eight saves to 10 for Simonton.
“With it being Senior Night I was hoping we would come out strong and dominate play,” said Eagles coach Jamey Crumb, who will be at the helm of the squad for the rest of the season. “But that was not the case, as BVMA took control early and out-possessed us. We have some key players out with injuries right now so I hope the slow start was because players were playing in positions they aren’t very familiar with or fond of.
“Even though we were winning at halftime we knew we had to play better and come out strong to start the second half. It took a goal from BVMA for us to realize we had to wake up a little bit and start playing the way we know how to. We played to our potential after that and were able to keep the pressure up the rest of the half leading to two more goals.”
McGraw hosts CCL foe Brookfield at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in its last regular-season contest. The Eagles are 9-1-1 in league play.
Tully 1, Cincinnatus 1: Freshman midfielder Casey Feehan scored from 10 yards out off a crossing pass from the left side by senior midfielder Bryant Loomis with 15 minutes left in the game as the hosts rallied for the tie.
The game was called after the first overtime period due to darkness.
Brad Briggs had opened the scoring for Tully with five minutes left in the first half, hitting the upper right corner of the net from 16 yards out off an assist by David Johnson. Junior goalkeeper Shea Feehan made five saves for Cincy to seven for the Black Knights’ Ryan O’Mara, whose team had a 15-14 shot advantage.
“It was a great game,” Red Lions coach Gordy Brown said. “I think we’re a little better offensively than they are, but they have a very good counterattack. That was good to see. We needed something like that. It was a great test.”
Cincy is 9-1 in league play and can win its sixth straight CCL championship by winning its final two regular-season games, at Stockbridge Valley on Wednesday and at home against Brookfield on Friday in a 4 p.m. start.
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