(The article below is by Dante Rebori and appeared on Ozarks Sports Zone 9/4/13)
Springfield Catholic opened it’s 2013 season with a heart pounding 1-0 double overtime win over Carthage Tuesday night at Catholic. Senior forward Ryan Randell headed in the golden goal off an assist from sophomore mid-fielder Ben Rash with 6:45 remaining in the second overtime period.
“Ben had a beautiful cross with his left foot and he’s not left-footed although you probably couldn’t tell it. When it came off his foot I knew I was going to be able to head it in.” said Randell.“Carthage is very good and very skilled. It was a tough game as it always is against them.”
Carthage, coming off the best season in their history, a Class 2 state runner-up finish in 2012 with a 22-9 record, gave the Irish all they wanted.
“It’s always a good game whenever we play Catholic. Unfortunately it seems the games always turn out the exact same way, they win in overtime,” said Carthage head coach Jacob Osborne. “Honestly I’m leaving here disappointed more so with our first half performance. I didn’t think we had the effort that we needed to come out and play with, and they took it to us the first 20 minutes of the game. The second half we did rebound and we started playing with a lot more energy and had better focus. We were able to move the ball better as a unit offensively.”
Catholic outshot Carthage 11 to 8 on the game. Shots on goal favored the Irish 9-6. Catholic also had five corner kicks to two for the Tigers. Both Goal Keepers were stellar in their play. Senior Jose Alberto had eight saves for Carthage and senior Drew Rash saved all six shots on goal against him.
“Carthage is always tough for us, but our defense played well and our communication was good, and that’s key,” said Rash. “Fortunately, Ryan Randell brought us out of the misery of playing so long,” Rash added sarcastically.
A great save by Rash on a breakaway in the first half was crucial and he followed up with a similar play to squash a breakaway in the second half.
Irish head coach Tom Guinn, last year’s Class 1 Coach of the Year, was pleased with the win.
“What a fantastic way to start the season. I’m very proud of our guys,” said Guinn. “We’re not there yet. It’s game one and we’re going to have to be patient. Our ideas were good tonight with a lot of the runs we were making off the ball but we were not executing the way we wanted to. It seemed we were a little out of sync and a lot of that is because we have so many new guys on the team and it’s the first time we’ve taken the field, outside of the jamboree. So I think with a little more time on the field with high pressure like there was tonight and before you know it we’ll be right there and we’ll be pinging the ball around the way we’re used to doing.”
Guinn also noted that the Irish have things to work on as the season progresses.
“Tonight we played a little bit too direct. We didn’t play to feed and we need to look to do more of that in the future,” said Guinn. “We also need to get our outside backs involved in the play a little more. They were sinking back way too much and we weren’t finding their feet at all.”
Carthage took the junior varsity game by the score of 2-0. Catholic will play Thursday at Cassville, while Carthage plays host to Webb City.
Carthage 0 0 0 0 - 0
Catholic 0 0 0 1 – 1
Catholic goal by Ryan Randell 6:45 remaining in 2nd overtime. Assist by Ben Rash.