September 26th, 2019

St Xavier tops Trinity behind late goal from Yann

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


St Xavier tops Trinity behind late goal from Yann
Tigers defeat Rocks 1-0/ photo by Dalton Pence

Sometimes in sports, unexpected players step up in the biggest moments; for the St. Xavier soccer team and head coach Andy Schulten, that was the case on Wednesday evening at Marshall Stadium as the Tigers defeated archrival Trinity 1-0. 

Three years ago, Joel Yann got cut from the St. X freshmen soccer team, but with the request of the coaching staff, elected to stay with the program as a manager. On Wednesday night, Yann (now a senior) broke a scoreless tie and scored the go-ahead goal against the Shamrocks with 10:34 remaining in the game. 

 

“I’m always trying to be in the right spot at the right time”, Yann explained. “It was a great attack and everyone got in on it.”

 

Yann was swarmed after the game by teammates and peers, but perhaps the most praise came from his head coach. “I can go back to when he was in fourth and fifth grade coming to our soccer camps”, Schulten recalled. “He always worked hard and had a great attitude. He is the epitome of high school soccer in my world. Players like him are the reason why I’ve stuck with this for so long; they show that this is more than just a game of skill and talent. Joel has done so much to maximize his ability and make a contribution every time he steps on the field. We just can’t keep him off, he deserves to be out there.”

 

For Yann, perseverance extends much beyond the game of soccer. “Hard work pays off and I was raised like that”, he said, “my parents have always taught me this throughout my upbringing to keep at it everyday.”

 

Outside of Yann’s game winner, the match featured a slew of missed opportunities spawning from counterattacks and mental lapses. Trinity recorded 10 shots (three on goal), while St. X recorded 17 with five on target. Brayton Johnson tallied four saves for the Shamrocks. 

 

The match marked the seventh straight shutout victory for the Tigers, dating back to September 14th

 

“About three weeks ago, we made a trip up to Cleveland and gave up enough goals to last a season”, Schulten explained. “These teams taught us a lot about perseverance and being stingy in the back.”

 

For Schulten, Spencer Allen and Liam Egan stepped up big on Wednesday. “Egan made three outstanding saves at the end and he does such a fantastic job at controlling the box. Spencer has four staples in his head from an injury sustained a couple weeks ago. This was his first game back, and he was out there heading the ball, directing the defense, and bringing these guys together.”

 

St. X (14-2-1) will return action next Tuesday as they take on Oldham County on the road. Trinity falls to 9-2-2 and will host Floyd Central on Monday evening. 

 

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