Saturday September 3rd vs. Lake
The Lake Flyers entered Gallagher Stadium undefeated and the Irish looked to hand them their first loss of the season. Unfortunately for the Irish the ball did not quite bounce their way today. In a back and forth first half Central looked to draw blood first in the 19th minute was a great shot by sophomore Mason Orians which the Flyer goalie was equal to. Just two minutes later Central was awarded a free kick to the right of the Lake goal about forty yards out. Senior Charlie Newell II lofted a ball into the 18 yard box which Orians was able to run under and tap past the rushing goalie to give the home Irish the first lead of the game. In an unfortunate turn of events Lake was awarded a penalty shot for an alleged hand ball. Freshman goalie CJ Buchele went the right way but was just a tad slow getting to that side and going into the half the teams were tied at one goal a piece. The second half saw more back and forth action and the Irish best chance probably came 16 minutes in when freshman Bob Dunning found himself at the top of the box but just as he was getting off his shot a defender was able to slide in and deflect the ball enough to be of no harm. Shortly after Lake found a long cross field thru ball and their forward just beat Buchele to the ball to poke it in the net. That would be the ultimate game winner for Lake narrowly escaping with a 2-1 win.
Tuesday September 6th vs. Findlay
A TRAC Tuesday saw the Findlay Trojans make their way up I-75 for a conference match up. Heading into the contest saw both teams atop the TRAC standings both 1-0 in league play. This game would be a tale of two halves for the Irish. In a game that was all Findlay there were some highlights and some struggles for the young Irish. The Irish are still trying to find the formula to get off to a quick start, which is exactly what Findlay was able to do. The Trojans found the back of the net just three and a half minutes into the game. After that shock Central was able to weather the storm but not for long as Findlay was able to find the back of the net four times in a span of 4:16. Findlay took a commanding 5-0 lead into the half. After a few adjustments and good conversation at half Central was able to come out the second half strong and play a more sound defense. It took Findlay 24 minutes into the second half until they could shake loose and finish a header in front of the goal to go up 6-0. With a little over eleven minutes left in the game Findlay would be awarded a penalty shot after a trip in the box. For the second consecutive game Freshman CJ Buchele went the way of the shot but came up just shy of the save. That would prove to be the final goal of the game for a final of 0-7 in favor of the visitors.
Saturday September 10th vs. Ottawa Hills
For a fourth straight game the Irish were at home in the Gallagher. This time welcoming in a familiar foe in the Ottawa Hills Green Bears. In a match that saw sun and rain as well as a bit of wind the action on the field was just as unpredictable. As with the game against Lake Central would find itself in top first. Again 19 minutes into the game sophomore Mason Orians was able to poke the ball by a rushing keeper in a 1v1 situation only this time the assist came from our other senior Brady Byrd. The next three goals before half would come at the feet of some shaky Irish defending and just like that the Irish trailed 1-3 entering half time. During half time the boys were able to collect themselves and come out inspired. Just over one minute into the second half Byrd found himself in the end of another quality long free kick from fellow senior Charlie Newell II. Not two minutes later freshmen CJ Buchele would be called into action to make three point blank saves to keep the score within striking distance. Ten minutes into the half the Irish would find themselves in a familiar albeit unwanted situation of a penalty shot against them. Buchele went the right way yet again but the shot had too much pace in it to put OH up 4-2. Three minutes later newcomer junior Luke Turner would find himself all alone in front of the goal to slot in a cross from Brady Byrd to breath life into the Irish once again. With around ten minutes left in the game Buchele came up with a huge save off a header from a corner kick. Video of the save has been floating around local and national twitter accounts. Unfortunately with just over a minute left and the Irish pushing everyone forward, the Green Bears would insert the dagger as their star forward would net his 4th goal of the game. The final score of a back and fourth match that had it all would be 3-5 in favor of Ottawa Hills. The Irish set their sights on their first TRAC road game of the season Tuesday September 13th when they head to Whitmer for a 7pm kickoff.