Brossart wins 10th Region soccer, eliminates Breds 5-1 in semi finals

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By Mike Aldridge

Thursday night’s semi final match between the soccer boys of Harrison County and their counterparts from Bishop Brossart was played in less than ideal conditions.  

Cold weather with added sleet and freezing rain makes for a poor surface to play soccer. The artificial turf went from great to awful in a matter of minutes causing both teams to slip and slide whenever a sudden movement occurred.  

Coach Nick Hill thought that these conditions may have benefitted his squad early, but in the end the Mustangs used their strength and experience to overtake the Thorobreds by the 5-1 final score.

The Thorobreds struck first in the match as Grant Carr tracked a ball down on the offensive end, drove it past two defenders and blew it past the keeper for a 1-0 Harrison County lead.  

This goal came with about eight minutes gone in the first half.  

Bishop Brossart scored its first goal about 10 minutes later when an unmarked man slid into the box and scored.  

The Mustangs took the lead about five minutes later when they struck a back-angled shot from the baseline for a goal and a 2-1 margin. This was the score at the half.    

“We talked about cleaning up our mistakes at halftime especially on defense,” noted Hill. “We were hoping to turn the momentum back to our side.”

However, early in the half another man got lost in the crowd for Brossart and scored the third goal on a header.  

The score stood at 3-1 until 10 minutes to play when the Breds made some changes to try to initiate more offense.  

The Thorobreds did move the ball better and put together some strings of good passes but in the end they could not score again.  

Bishop Brossart scored another goal taking advantage of the aggressive Harrison County offensive plan to make it 4-1.  

Near the end of the match an inadvertent hand ball in the box gave the Mustangs a penalty kick for the final 5-1 score.  

“The last game of the year is hard on all of us especially the seniors,” said Hill. “I could not be more proud of this team. This is a new chapter in many of these young men’s lives but it is still sad to see the season end.”  

Hill went on to add that he was also proud of how this team represented themselves, the school and the community.  

Harrison County placed two players on the All Region Team with Christian Carey and Carr being named to the squad.  

 The Thorobreds finished the season with a 12-8 record and the District Championship.  Bishop Brossart went on in Saturday’s championship to defeat Scott High 2-1 to advance.