September 11th, 2017

Colts fall to Butler

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Conor Revell

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Colts fall to Butler
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DeSales’ soccer team held a two goal lead and then saw it go away in a blink of an eye as two unbeaten 22nd District rivals battled.

Butler rallied from a two-goal deficit and defeated the host Colts 4-3 Monday night at Paul B. Cox Stadium.  

“I definitely think Butler got a lot of momentum once they got their first goal in,” DeSales head coach Shilo Rayburn said. “We kind of became quite vulnerable after that. They pressured well, they’ve got a lot of speed so they were throwing numbers forward. I think we didn’t handle it as well as we should have. Soccer is a game of emotions and they rode it home. It’s disappointing but we can build on it.”

The Colts (5-1-1) got their goals from Tyler Gore, Kwensi Taylor, and an own goal. Gore also had an assist.

Irakoze Chartier led the Bears (5-0-3) with two goals and Yusuf Muhumed and Hat'e Dieven also recorded goals.

“We started to relax,” DeSales center-mid Jonas Vance said. “We were up two goals and we just took it for granted and they took advantage of us.”

DeSales got on the board when their corner kick deflected off the head of two Bears and went past goalkeeper Tyler Glass with 17:26 left in the first half.

“We definitely put a dangerous ball into the box,” Rayburn said. “I definitely thought we got a hit on it but I’m not sure. They may have went up and it’s one of those funny moments in the course of a scoring scenarios where the keeper should have had it but the pressure was enough to keep him off balance.”

Gore then made it 2-0 when he scored on a rebound with 13:28 to go in the first half.

“There was a little bit of miscommunication between the right and center back,” Gore said. “They kind of ran into each other and I had an opportunity to stick the ball into the goal.”

Chartier scored his first goal of the game when he cut the Colts lead to 2-1 on a PK with 10:24 left before the break.

Muhumed scored the equalizer when he broke free on a breakaway with 18:16 remaining.

“Defensively, I feel like we have been strong,” Rayburn said. “When you have a player as explosive as Chartier is; he’s going to expose some of your weaknesses. We allowed him to face us up; you have to make sure they go into area they don’t want to go into. Moving forward, we want to stick to him tighter and not let him turn.”

Chartier and Dieven scored goals in less than 90 seconds to go ahead 4-2 with 13:42 remaining.

“We have to do a better job of stopping their first touch,” Vance said. “They’re really fast and hard to guard.”

Taylor scored off a Gore assists to put the Colts within 4-3 less than a minute later.

“I was trying to go back post because I was in good position to go front post,” Gore said. “Kwensie came in and scored off the rebound.”  

Caleb Smith stood in the goal for the Colts and saved four of Butler’s 17 shots.

“It’s tough to stop breakaways,” Rayburn said. “Caleb is a very strong goalkeeper. It’s a luxury for us for sure and someone who will do a lot for us. We feel very good with him between the sticks. There’s some scary moments but he’s going to be strong and bounce back.”

Glass saved two of the Colts five shots.

The Colts don’t have time to sulk as a trip to 22nd District foe Iroquois lies ahead Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. 


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