There was a lot of offense on display at Rees Field on Thursday. Unfortunately, most of it was on the Sullivan side of the pitch, as the Washington Catholic Cardinals (1-6-1) fell, 9-2, to the Golden Arrows.
Sullivan used quick touches and skill all afternoon to wear WC down in the non-conference match.
“Sullivan is much-improved from last year. We gave them a pretty good game then, but they really turned up this year,” said WC coach Dan Maley. “They really settled into a good rhythm, and we didn’t pull back after that. We had a big half-time talk, and talked about getting some fire in our bellies and fire back on the field. I thought we did a good job of containing them for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but after they got a goal, that turned into three, and our heads went down. It was just really hard to come back after that.”
Throughout the first 15 minutes, Sullivan (6-2) had several chances, two coming off corner kicks; however, it was Sullivan’s Giuseppe Leone who found a ball in front of the net and popped the ball over WC keeper Conner Robinson at 25:12. The goal seemed to open the floodgates, as both teams would then add goals in the next :60 seconds.
WC’s Daniel Grothues found the back of the net at 24:29, but less than a minute later, Jacob Cox gave Sullivan the lead back at 2-1.
After showing some nice footwork, Cox added his second goal with 13:18 left to play in the half to give the Golden Arrows a 3-1 margin. Sullivan continued to add to its lead, as Leone also connected on a shot from 30 yards out to make it 4-1.
WC did not lay down though, and responded with a long goal from Noah Bechtel. But, that would not be the final goal of the half though, as Sullivan’s Cox added a goal at 2:28 to make it 5-2, but was also given yellow card for taunting.
Neither team was able to get much going for the first 15:00 of the second, but WC did turn up the pressure on Sullivan keeper Nic Thomas.
Sullivan then added a goal with 18:31 left, as Caleb Knowles made the game 6-2, followed by another goal two minutes later that made it 7-2.
The Arrows posted a goal at 5:21 and again at 4:07 to make it 9-2 and finish off the scoring.
WC remains at home at Rees Field to host North Posey on Saturday at noon.