8/27 vs Norwalk
Coming off of two consecutive shutout losses the boys soccer team had a decision to make. They could either hang their heads and chalk it up to how the season is going to be or they could begin a new season on game three vs. Nowalk. After a few adjustments to the lineup we found out just how much heart this team has by pulling a shutout of their own against an evenly matched opponent winning 2-0. The scoring got started off 13minutes into the first half as junior Andrew Bishop slotted sophomore Mason Orians in behind the defense and Mason was able to place the ball between a rushing goalies legs to put the Irish up 1-0. Solid defense on both sides would see that score hold into halftime. Just nine minutes into the second half freshman Bob Dunning found his first career high school goal by poking in a rebound. Andrew Bishop put in a long range shot which the goalie could not control and Dunning was in the right place at the right time to put the home side up 2-0. Later in the half Andrew Bishop continued applying pressure with another great shot from 18 yards out but sailed the rebound high over the crossbar. Not long after freshman CJ Buchele (11 saves) had to make a big save to solidify the shutout with 18 minutes left in the ball game. The center midfielders including freshman Owen Traver and sophomore Zach Peters were solid on the defensive front. The defensive line played sound in not allowing many quality chances for the Truckers. Orians led the Irish in shots with seven while scoring one. Dunning finished the game with one goal in three shots. Bishop had assists in both goals in the game.
8/30 vs Fremont Ross
Hoping to ride a little momentum from their previous 2-0 victory just three days earlier the CCHS boys soccer team welcomed TRAC foe Fremont Ross into Gallagher stadium Tuesday August 30th. The past two years have seen right contest between these two league competitors with Fremont pulling out a last second victory in 2014 at Gallagher and a tie ball game in Fremont last year. For the second game in a row freshman Bob Dunning got the Irish on the board first once again only 13 minutes into the game. The Fremont goalie received a back pass from a defender and Dunning applied pressure to the goalie who made an irritant clear into Dunning feet. All Bob had to do is pass the ball into the open net to find the Irish in top 1-0. With six minutes left in the first half sophomore Mason Orians was able to find a streaking Andrew Bishop making a run from the outside in With a great through ball. Andrew was able to collect the ball and find the back corner to tally his first goal of the season. The Irish didn’t look to be done scoring in the first half with less than three minutes left Orians tried a chip shot which beat the goalie but bounced off the cross bar and freshman Owen Traver could only put the follow through the uprights keeping the score 2-0 at the half. The second half started off with a surge from the Little Giants. That surge led to a flurry of activity in front of the Irish goal only six minutes into the second half. In that activity the ball found a hand of an Irish defender which turned into a penalty kick being awarded to Fremont. Confusion followed as the player from Fremont appeared to score from the spot, but was called back to take the kick again since there was no whistle blown before the kick was taken. On the ensuing kick, this time after the whistle the Fremont player sailed the ball high over the crossbar keeping the game 2-0 in favor of CCHS. That was a big momentum swing and the Irish picked up the play from there and applied pressure and held fast on defense the rest of the game. With about 17 minutes left in the game we may have seen the goal of the season. Andrew Bishop was left alone to the right of the goal on top of the 18 yard box and was able to put a one time volley into the near post upper corner for his 2nd goal of the game and an exclamation point as well. Bishops goal came off of a long throw by junior Owen Pierce which found the head of Orians out to Andrews foot. Freshman CJ Buchele finished his 2nd consecutive shutout with 8 saves. Central returns home Saturday September 3rd at 5pm vs. Lake Flyers.