Indian Creek girls’ top trio stifles CCHS
STEUBENVILLE — There is a great amount of familiarity between the Indian Creek and Catholic Central girls soccer teams — not only among the players, but also the two head coaches.
The Redskins talented trio up top was too much for the young and inexperienced Crusaders to handle as Indian Creek came away with a 5-0 victory Wednesday evening on the Tony Recinella Soccer Field.
Sloane Lewis tallied a hat trick and an assist, Ally Tweedy delivered two goals and an assist and Rileigh Gualtiere collected three assists for Indian Creek (6-5).
Makenzie Taylor made two saves in goal.
Bailie Murphy — playing in her first game in goal, made five saves for Catholic Central (0-9-1).
Years ago, Jonathan Hoover — Catholic Central’s first-year head coach — served as the boys head coach at Indian Creek before current Indian Creek girls head coach Joe Lewis took over the team. Coach Lewis eventually moved over and became the head coach of the girls team, while Chuck Brettell took over as head coach of the boys team.
“It was a good day,” Coach Lewis said. “Jonathan inherited a young team, and with that there is going to be a learning curve. We are young too, but we have more experience and more speed. We had a couple of girls get hurt, but any time you win the game you are happy. We did a better job of possessing the ball, and we did a better job of passing the ball.”
Indian Creek’s talent and speed up top was the difference in the game.
“They have a lot of speed up top,” Hoover said. “They had (Gualtiere) playing up top today. They definitely have speed and some talented girls.
“We started a girl in goal today who had never played before in Bailie Murphy. I thought Bailie did a great job only allowing five goals. Give Indian Creek credit. They are a good team.”
The Redskins recorded four goals in the first half.
“They were much quicker to the ball than they have been in the past,” coach Lewis said about the Crusaders. “They were able to link passes together. Jonathan is an experienced coach. He knows the game really well. They are not going to be inexperienced for long.”
Indian Creek tacked on a goal in the second half.
“Knowing coach Lewis, I knew his team was going to be organized, they were going to be fast, they were going to be fundamentally sound and they were going to play hard,” Hoover said. “They had a gameplan, and they executed that gameplan well.”
The Crusaders had a golden opportunity to strike first early in the game, but the shot bounced off of the crossbar.
“I think the biggest thing for us is we are missing that offensive threat,” Hoover said. “We missed that opportunity, but we are starting to improve and we are seeing more chances in games. The girls are listening, and they are better organized. Hopefully, we can pull it all together for the tournament.”
Gualtiere had a shot hit off the post for the Redskins.
“We played well defensively,” coach Lewis said. “We did a good job of protecting the goal. Makenzie did not have to make many saves.
“We possessed the ball better. We moved the ball better. We have improved. That is what we want to do. We want to keep on improving.”
The game was the final one for the teams before the cutoff to qualify for the annual OVAC tournament. The cutoff to qualify for the tournament is today.
“I think we are where I thought we would be,” coach Lewis said. “We have played a tough schedule. We have played Wheeling Park, Oak Glen and Beaver Local. Those are tough teams. Weir stepped it up and beat us. We just want to keep improving.”
Catholic Central has improved during the course of the season.
“I definitely think we have developed the way I thought,” Hoover said. “This is my first year. The players are picking up their new positions. They are understanding what they need to do. The pieces are coming together. Hopefully, we start seeing results.”
Indian Creek is scheduled to play John Marshall at 6 p.m. Monday at Kettlewell Stadium.
Catholic Central is slated to play East Liverpool at 11 a.m. Saturday at home.