By AARON KENNEDY email@example.com
ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Hornets boys’ soccer team was not able to find the back of the net on Wednesday, losing an abbreviated 3-0 match to the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights.
Rossville and LCC battled through 17 minutes and 12 seconds of scoreless soccer before Knights senior forward Chris Cardenas scored a goal from the left side to give Central Catholic the lead. Just under 12 minutes later, senior Sean Mintert crossed the ball to Thibault Meier, who scored a goal to push the Knight’ lead to 2-0.
With 3:31 remaining in the opening half, junior Rossville goalkeeper David Taylor blocked a shot from the Knights’ Nate Matson, but the unsecured ball rolled to the side, where Nathan Hunley was there for the follow second-effort goal.
“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and not coming out strong,” Rossville head coach Joel Wilson said. “They beat us to all the balls. We didn’t play as a team, and that was the difference.”
Under mostly moon-lit conditions in the second half, neither team was able to score before the game was called due to darkness with 10:30 left on the game clock.
Rossville had four shots on goal compared to 12 by the Knights. When the Hornets had scoring opportunities in the match, they missed by a few inches.
Seconds after the Knights’ first goal of the night, Hornets junior Bailey Spear got a shot on goal, but it bounced harmlessly off the crossbar. A Rossville 2-on-1 breakaway with 6:45 left in the first half was stopped by the Knights’ goalkeeper, and Griffey Saylor had a shot tipped by the keeper and then smack off the post. Saylor had another shot miss just wide in the second half.
“Obviously, the ball didn’t bounce the way we wanted. But, if you keep at it and go after it the whole time, those opportunities will come,” Wilson said. “Like with (LCC) – two of their goals came because they followed through with it.
“We keep preaching that you have to come out fast and come out ready,” Wilson added. “If we win the 50-50 balls and put the pressure on them, then we will get those goals.”’
Taylor had nine saves between the posts in the loss.
The Hornets (6-7-1) travel to Delphi on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. rematch versus the Oracles.
“We beat them on (penalty kicks) earlier in the season at the Frankfort Invitational,” Wilson said. “They are much improved over the season, so I think it will be a good test before sectionals.”