August 30th, 2018

Colts cruise past Colts in Southside Showdown

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Colts cruise past Colts in Southside Showdown
Holy Cross' Logan Trusty and DeSales' Austen Holwerda go for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

Whenever DeSales and Holy Cross meets in any sports, it’s a family reunion of sorts - old classmates or childhood friends meet on the field, and both teams want bragging rights for the year.

DeSales gets bragging rights for the third year in-a-row after beating the visiting Cougars 3-0 Thursday night in the soccer version of the Southside Showdown.

“We went back to our strengths,” DeSales head coach Shiloh said. “We wanted to play them deep. They’re an athletic team and I think they can pressure you. If you can get them to stop pressuring you, then a lot of time you’ll get a lot of space in the field. That worked out for us today. We were dynamic off the ball and I pleased.”

Nathan Cecil, Blake Givens, and Evan Petersworth scored for the Colts (3-2) and Josh Smith dished out an assist.

DeSales fired nine shots at Holy Cross goalkeeper Jackson Gawarecki (nine saves) and earned three corner kicks.

“The early goal we allowed wasn’t the concerning point as much as our one-touch and play on the turf,” Holy Cross head coach Michael Schneiders said. “I’m tried to get my team to play in the short grass, but we’re limited to what we have available to us. Our passing didn’t cut it today.”

The Cougars (2-1-1) blasted three shots at DeSales goalkeeper Jared Ecken (four saves) and earned one corner kick.

“After a couple of losses last week, we have had to make sure we regroup and get organized and not let the ball get ahead of us,” said. “When you can stay that way and keep your shape, you’re going to have more success.”

Cecil puts the Colts up 1-0 less than two minutes into the game when he earned a free-kick and his shot from the 18 flew over Gawarecki’s head and into the net.

“We were actually originally going to have Josh make the kick,” Cecil said. “We both went up to it and acted like we were going to hit it and then back-up and let Josh hit. But, then Josh ran away and we both looked confused, and I just took the kick and it went in.”

Blake Givens scored off a Smith pass and made it 2-0 with 22:56 to go before halftime.

“I was sitting in the middle of the 18 and the ball came across and I hit it,” Givens said. “Josh made the pass to me off the throw in.”

Peterworth score the final goal of the game on a breakaway with 1:06 left.

“I told our kids at halftime that we took a 20 minute break and dug our own hole,” Schneiders said. “We had to get out of it. We took a chance there. We have a lot of learning to do knowing what group is going to work. We need to develop with each other more.”

It’s the 12th time DeSales has beaten their southend rival located on Dixie Highway, Holy Cross last won 2-0 back in 2015 when the student section stormed the field.

“This is the one,” said, “You always have some teams you battle with year-in and year-out, but this one is the long lasting rivalry that we hope to keep going and this is a game my players probably highlight on the schedule every year. I know I did when I played here and I think the same goes for them.”


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