Saint Charles Soccer: SC News

Sunday, October 23
Cardinals’ Tourney Ends on Corner Kick in Double OT
Bexley, OHIO -- St. Charles varsity soccer team’s first round in the Ohio High School tournament ended in a disappointing nail biter when Westerville North scored with 29 seconds left in the second sudden death overtime period to move on to round two on October 22. 

During the regular season, the vengeful Warriors, who lost at home to the Central Catholic League champions, returned the favor beating the Cardinals on their pitch 3-2 .

The pumped-up Cardinals came out attacking in the first half.  Coach Richard Ey gave North a new look, employing Assistant Coach Matt Ference’s Kamikaze line-up.  Focusing on size and speed, the Cardinals pressed the Warriors from the opening whistle.

Fighting the sun and a Cardinal break-a-way, the Warriors keeper charged Alex Polko too late, giving the Cardinals the first point on the scoreboard.  After notching the first point, the Cardinals switched back to their 1-5-4 formation and started to grind-down the Warriors.  

In a scrap in front of the Warrior’s goal, senior Jack Bingham forced the ball through a gauntlet of legs to put the Cardinals up by two by the end of the first half.

Coach Ey sent out his Kamikazes at the beginning of the second half, but the Warriors were ready with a defensive phalanx that “Bull” Halsey would approve.  The Warriors countered with hard physical play away from the ball.  With Ohio High School rules calling for only a duet of referees, Cardinal retaliatory moves drew whistles and the yellow-shirts wrath. 

The Warriors pulled down center back Will Evans in the box, but the opposite field ref called the foul against the Cardinals, and the Warriors got on the board with the penalty kick.  

Cardinals’ keeper, senior Adam Mesewicz, made numerous dramatic saves during the match, sacrificing his body, diving left and right all night long, but a second questionable penalty called against the Cardinals allowed the Warriors to regroup on a free kick that was headed in from the weak-side.

The momentum shifted back to the Cardinals when a Warrior drew two yellow cards in quick succession . But junior Vaal Ngalla’s normally happy-go-lucky demeanor was pushed aside when he too drew two quick yellows from the yellow-shirted arbitrators.  The second half ended with hard tackling North taking Finlay Hessler, Noah Sweet, and Elyas Ingram out of the game for extended periods of the match.  

The Kamikazes came out flying at the beginning of both overtime periods, but the Cardinals just could not finish off the Warriors.  With 29 seconds left in the second OT, the Warriors headed the ball into the net off the third corner kick set in a row. 

Sunday, October 16
Warriors End Cardinals' Winning Streak
Worthington, OHIO -- In the last regular season game St. Charles varsity soccer team traveled north and found itself on the wrong side of a 3-1 final against non-conference opponent Worthington Christian High School on October 15. 

The Cardinals ended the regular season with a winning 10-6 record and will enter post season play without having to participate in a preliminary match.

The Cardinals and Warriors battled back and forth for most of the first half with neither team able to find a clear shot on goal.  With 10 minutes left in the half, Coach Richard Ey switched up the line-up, giving the Cardinals a slight speed advantage on the pitch. Wearing the traveling red kits, the Cards penetrated the Warriors’ defense, but could not get the ball on target. 

The second half saw the Cardinals press the attack and junior striker Alex Polko found the net early in the second half after scooping up a deflected shot on goal from a couple yards out.

Reinvigorated, the Warriors wearing a kit matching St. Charles‘ home jerseys, scored two quick goals, knocking the wind figuratively and literally out of the visitors. During the match, the Cardinals’ bench looked like a M*A*S*H unit with Elyas Ingram, Will Evens, Finlay Hessler, and Zack Zebula joining junior captain Daniel Huss on the sideline who was nursing a ding he sustained during the Watkins Memorial match. 

Aggressive tackling and minimal interference from the center referee,  Coach Ey pulled most of the starting line-up, giving his bench some intense field play before the start of the post season tournament.  

With John Colosimo nursing a shoulder injury, Trey Ward took over keeper duties when Senior Captain Adam Mesewicz was pulled after the second goal.  Ward aggressively attacked the ball, but the Warriors found a seam in the the Cardinal defense and fired a shot from about the 18 for the final score of the night.

Sunday, October 16
Defense Stars in JVA 0-0 Match at Worthington Christian
Worthington, OHIO -- St. Charles junior varsity A team took to the road for the final match of the season, and left the soccer field at Grace Brethren church in a scoreless tie against Worthington Christian.

Ending the season with a winning record, the JVA Cardinals did not sustain a loss for the last 11 games.

The Warriors and the Cardinals battled it out in the midfield for most of the game.  Niko Strickler had a great strike on goal, but the ball hit the end bar and bounced safely out of the Warriors‘ danger zone.  

Josh Zebula deftly handled two dangerous Warrior intrusions and is credited with two saves on the day.  In the second half, the Warriors tried to slip past Brian Ross, only to be denied any chance of a goal.

The Cardinals did come out shooting in the second half, but high buffeting winds worked against the offense, and none of the shots posed a real threat to the Warriors.  

Friday, October 14
Cards Fly In Varsity Victory Against Watkins Memorial

Bexley, OHIO – In a physical contest that saw even a water boy carded, St. Charles Preparatory varsity soccer team defeated Southwest Licking's Watkins Memorial High School, 3-1 on October 13.

The Cardinals continued its home field winning streak, building momentum going into the Ohio High School Playoffs.

The Warriors entered the Cardinals‘ stadium with confidence after trouncing their last opponent 12 – 0. Watkins got in a quick score in the first half when senior midfielder/defender Connor McCafferty got one past the miserly Cardinal defense. The rest of the match, the Cardinals back line Defense stood-up and shut down the hard tackling Warriors.

The first goal came when junior defensive midfielder, Daniel Huss received a corner and fired the ball toward the goal.  The Watkins’ keeper tried to clear it but junior forward Finlay Hessler headed the ball to the ground to the feet of junior midfielder, Noah Sweet, who nut-megged the Warrior keeper with a backwards kick.  

The stunned Warriors’ keeper was still looking for the ball when a Watkins Memorial foul drew a direct kick, and gave junior Vaal Ngalla and the Cardinals a second point for the half.

In spite of the earlier DK, the Warriors kept the play physical in the second half.  A few Cardinals needed some attention from the trainer before the night was out, but the Warriors overplayed its defense, allowing Sweet to send the ball down the pitch to Cardinal striker Alex Polko, for a break-a-way, giving the Cardinals an insurance goal. 

Friday, October 14
JVA’s D Shuts-Out Warriors for a W
Bexley, OHIO – St. Charles junior varsity A soccer team scored two goals and denied visiting Watkins Memorial High School from a victory in front of the home crowd on October 13.
The Cardinals scored one goal in each half, but were unable to take advantage of two free kick opportunities.
The Cardinal defense frustrated the Warriors’ forwards all afternoon long, giving the Warriors very few opportunities to even attempt to score.  Keeper Josh Zebula had one save on the half.
Frank Carsonie thought he would put the first point on the board.  A shot on goal looked like it was right on target and going to be just out of the keeper’s reach; which it was because it hit the outside bar and back into play.  Carsonie and the Cardinals got control of the ball again, and Carsonie passed the ball to Jack Engert who finished the job with 6:54 in the half.
The Cardinals hit the pitch running in the second half, with the defense keeping the pressure up and Brian Ross, tending the goal in the second half, only had to contend with one viable threat and ended the game with one save in the stats’ book.
Carsonie finally got the goal he tried so hard to score in the first half, when Will Walther crossed the ball to the center.  The keeper mishandled the ball and Carsonie kicked it in for a point in the 7th minute.

Tuesday, October 11
JVB Falls to Wildcats 2-0

Bexley, OHIO  --  The Cardinals would play their final game of the season at home vs. the Wildcats of Hilliard Davidson. It was the usual strong defensive recipe for the Cardinals the first half. Goalie Josh Zebula would stop all three Wildcats shots. Elliot Narcross would lead the offensive efforts for the Cardinals with four shots in the first half. The Wildcats came out determined the second half with aggressive offensive play. They would add two goals to win the game 2-0.

Sunday, October 9
Cardinals Sizzle Against the Monarchs

Marysville, OHIO –   St. Charles Preparatory did not show any signs of a let-down after taking the Central Catholic League title Tuesday as they shut-out Marysville High School 3-0 on Saturday October 8. 

Taking advantage of his deep bench, Coach Ey rotated most of his players in and off the pitch to help compensate for summer-like temperatures.  

The Cardinals’ defense kept the ball forward most of the game. Keeper Adam Mesewicz did not have to work up too much a sweat, but when the Monarchs challenged late in the match, he charged the ball and took away any chances for a last minute score. Defenders Jack Benson and Drew Hicks chased down a few that got past the midfield, but Daniel Huss and John LaForge kept things pretty much forward most of the day.

The Cardinals struck early with a John LaForge goal 16 minutes into the match.  Alex Polko fired off a shot that the Monarch keeper deflected up the middle. LaForge’s ninja-like moves caught the ball midflight and redirected it back too fast for the keeper to react.

The second goal came early in the second half after Monarch frustrations grew too much for the referee to ignore. For the second game in a row, the opposing keeper’s actions drew a yellow card and Polko returned the favor by scoring on a penalty kick.

The final score of the afternoon came when wing Noah Sweet got things started with an outlet pass to Polko who shifted back to midfield and crossed it to Val Ngalla. 

Sunday, October 9
JV Ties Marysville on the Road
Marysville, OHIO – Between the long road trip and unseasonably warm temperatures, St. Charles Preparatory junior varsity soccer team pushed through a sluggish start to tie Marysville JV on  Saturday October 8.

The Cardinals' offense was able to string together two second half goals to take the lead, but the Monarchs quickly tied the game and neither team was able to mount a successful attack.

Cardinal goal keeping duties were shared between Josh Zebula in the first half and Brian Ross in the second.  Both keepers held the line for most of the game, but the Monarchs were able to take advantage of isolated breakdowns in defense, scoring once in both halves.  

Both teams appeared like they were running in jello in the first half.  The sunny afternoon, with temperatures hitting the low 80's, must have zapped some of the soccer zip.  As the clock ran down, Marysville slipped one past St. Charles and took the lead going into half time.

The Cardinals got a wake-up call during half time, and hit the pitch with the intensity fans come to expect.  Momentum shifted for the Cardinals at the 33 minute mark, after Ross made a dramatic save and fired the ball down-field to wide-open Frankie Carsonie, who took it to the Monarchs' house to tie the game. 

The redbirds took the lead in the 26th minute when Jack Engert set the offense up, passing to Teo Juratovac who fed to Carsonie for the second goal of the day.  Marysville caught St. Charles flat-footed a few minutes later and tied up the game.  

The defenses came alive for the rest of the match, shutting down offensive attacks before they could set up. The Cardinals' last chance to score came with five minutes left in the game when Alex Polinsky missed a corner.

Sunday, October 9
Cardinals Unlucky Against Shamrocks

Dublin, OHIO  --  The JVB cardinals would find their last road test of the season against the Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman. The first half would once again be a repeat of great defense by the Cardinals. The Cardinals would hold the Rocks to only three shots on goal. The Rocks would come out strong the second half with eight shots on goal. The Rocks would get their first goal of the game off a Cardinal penalty. Goalie Josh Zebula would make an excellent stop off a corner kick. The Shamrocks would get the victory 2-0.

Wednesday, October 5
Cardinals Beat DeSales and Take CCL Crown
Bexley, OHIO -- Throngs of purple and white invaded St. Charles Preparatory School’s soccer stadium expecting another victory against the Cardinals, but tough defense and a second half penalty kick, earned St. Charles' varsity soccer team a 2-0 victory over Francis DeSales High School.

The win over the Stallions gives Coach Richard Ey’s Cardinals its' first Central Catholic League title.

Both teams started the first half fast and aggressive. The center referee gave the players a lot of latitude in the hotly contested rivalry game.  The defense on both sides hit back hard, and half time ended with the Cardinals and the Stallions scoreless.

The second half took-off right where the first half ended; both teams going shoulder to shoulder and contesting every ball.  The Stallions' forwards kept Cardinal keeper Adam Mesewicz kept busy all night, and he notched 10 saves in the match.

At the 22 minute mark, the Cardinals found the back of the net during a melee after a corner kick. Jostling for position before the the corner, the Stallions' keeper pushed junior midfielder Noah Sweet to the turf, knocking him out of the game for a while.  The ball was knocked around the front of the goal and junior Vaal Ngalla got a foot on it and crossed it to junior striker, Alex Polko, who headed it in.

A few minutes later the Stallions countered with a quick score, tying up the match until the DeSales keeper chanced fate again and pulled another Cardinal player down in the box. This time the center ref saw the infraction and Polko fired a well aimed PK into the goal for the win.

Wednesday, October 5
JV Trounces Stallions In Important Rivalry Match
Bexley, OHIO -- When the St. Francis DeSales Stallions junior varsity soccer team galloped  into St. Charles soccer stadium, they had no idea they would be stampeded into a corral as the Cardinals lassoed the visitors 5 - 1 on October 4th.

The win solidifies the Cardinals as the top JVA soccer team in the Central Catholic League and gives Coach Ey a taste of what to expect when he looks to promote some players to replace retiring varsity seniors.

The Purple Stallions left the pitch feeling blue.  The dormant offense rose from its nap firing a juggernaut of shots on goal against the beleaguered visiting defenders.  First half Cardinal keeper Josh Zebula had time to finish-up his afternoon homework, and never faced any shots on goal.  

The Cardinals scored twice in the first half.  Nikko Strickler’s header from a cross by Alex Polinsky was mishandled by the Stallion’s keeper.  Strickler intercepted the ball in the air and headed it into the back of the net to the disbelief of the horse tired defenders.  

The second goal came when the Cardinals switched fields and Ben Carlisle took it in the rest of the way for the goal.

The Cardinals took to the pitch in the second half with the same sense of urgency as the first.  The Stallions did try to mount a come back, but only managed to score once at the 22 minute mark.  The Red Bird’s second half keeper Brian Ross was a bit more active and is credited with one save on the night.

The Stallion’s frustrated with the first half tried a bit too hard in the second, giving Alex Macias his first score of the day off of a penalty kick at just 15:44.  Macias scored again a few minutes later when he headed the ball off of a corner kick served up by Will Walther.  

The Cardinals, feeling sorry for DeSales, included a Stallion defender in the fifth goal of the night.   With 5:37 left in the game Kevin Caldwell headed it toward the promised land only to have a DeSales defender head it out of harms way.  Only problem was Walther was not satisfied with just helping others score against the dreaded Stallions, and he caug

Sunday, October 2
Cardinals Chase the Lions Back to their Den
Bexley, Ohio -- St. Charles Preparatory’s cross town rival tried to turn Cardinals’ stadium into the Lions Den, but solid defense and a late match offense spark earned the varsity soccer team a much needed home victory on October 1.

The Cardinals shut-out the Lions 2-0, bringing them a solid 7-5 winning record as they gear-up for the final Central Catholic League match of the season against rival Francis DeSales High School on Tuesday.

Coach Richard Ey told his team that he was disappointed with their effort against Bishop Ready last Tuesday.  After honoring the seniors in a pre-game ceremony, the Cardinals responded with an up-tempo effort against the Lions.

The Cardinals’ lightning fast defense, anchored by senior Jack Benson at left full back and senior Adam Mesewicz in goal, frustrated the Bexley Lions, shutting down the offense and not allowing a clear shot in goal during the first half.    

Senior midfielders Ben Saygers and Jack Bingham kept the the Lion’s keeper busy, but they were unable to get the ball into the net. As time expired in the first half, both teams left the field scoreless and spent halftime planning new counter attacks.

The second half opened with physical play on both sides of the ball.  Cardinals’ defender, Will Evans, drew a yellow card in an aggressive defensive play that broke-up a Lions break-a-way outside the box.  Bexley was unable to convert the indirect kick into a point. 

With yellow card substitutions, a heavy junior lead offense went lion hunting.  Vowing not to allow the seniors to leave with a home loss, wing Noah Sweet came off the bench sparking a break-down in the Lions’ defense.  The Lions were unable to match-up with the beefed up midfield; Vaal Ngalla, who was double covered most of the night, took advantage of his single coverage and quickly fed a cross from Sweet to a wide open center midfielder, Alex Polko, who scored the first goal of the night.

The Lions keeper frustrated with the score drew a yellow card which took him out of the game long enough for Polko to solidify the victory with a PK against the second string Lion’s goalie. 

Benson, Mesewicz, and Company kept the pride of Bexley Lions away from any real scoring threat, and the Cardinals ended senior night with the home field victory.  Coach Ey lauded the team’s defense at the end of the game, and the Cardinals will defend the two game winning streak Tuesday against DeSales. 

Sunday, October 2
JV Battles to a Tie With Bexley
Bexley, OHIO – Two soccer titans of the City of Bexley, the junior varsities of St. Charles Preparatory and Bexley High School, battled to a no score tie during the first game of a two game match on St. Charles’ varsity soccer senior day. 
The tie keeps the JV Cardinals with this season’s home field streak without a loss, and the non-conference match previewed the intensity of the varsity match when the two schools met later that day.
Defense has been the JV’s trademark for the 2011 season, and the match against cross town nemesis Bexley Lions did nothing to diminish that reputation.  The referee allowed the players some leeway as they went shoulder to shoulder racing to loose balls.
The back four broke up most of the Lion attacks but keeper Brian Ross still deftly handled several shots on goal and was credited with three saves in the first half.  The Cardinal offense ran into some stiff opposition and only managed to get two solid shots on goal against an equally determined Lions defense.
Neither team let down at the beginning of the second half.  Both defenses held tough, with Nathan Devictor and Alex Miller mixing it up with the Lions’ forwards.  The Cardinals sent out keeper Josh Zebula who is credited with three saves on the night.  Sam Gabel and Alex Polinsky both had break-a-ways in the second half but they were not able to get the ball past the Lions defense. 

Sunday, October 2
JVB Game Against Lions Ends in Tie
Bexley, OHIO  --  The Bexley Lions would make the short trip west on Broad Street to take on the Cardinals on a brisk, chilly day. The weather definitely took its toll as both teams struggled to generate much offense in the first half. Both Bryan Ross and Josh Zebula would share time at goalie. Both teams would combine for only nine shots on goal. Issac Fleming led the Cardinal offensive effort with two shots. The game would end with a 0-0 tie.


Friday, September 30
Defense Holds Back Late Rally in JVA Win at Pickerington North
Pickerington, OHIO --  St. Charles Preparatory junior varsity A soccer team’s late second half hustle held-back Pickerington North JV for a 3-2 victory.

The Cardinals scored once in the first half and two quick goals in the second half to beat the the Panthers on the road.  

Both teams played tough defensive soccer in the first half, with the Cardinals only managing one shot on goal in the final minutes of the first half.  The Cardinals took the lead before the mid-match break on a break-a-way by Frankie Carsonie.  

Josh Zebula held back the Panthers, making three saves in the first half, but the Cardinals, still punchy from scoring, left their guard down allowing the purple and white to immediately tie the score before the goal scoring celebrations ended.

The Cardinals came out in the second half humbled by the Panthers quick score and went right down to business, scoring two quick goals early in the second half.    

At the 29th minute, Carsonie found the back of the net for the second time that day, scoring from a Jack Engert pass.  A minute later Engert fed another ball to Alex Macias, who while heading the ball, somehow rolled the ball down his back, totally confusing the Pickerington keeper for the Cardinals’ third point in the match. 

The Panthers got close, scoring one more time but they were unable to even-up the score before the final whistle.  Zebula made four more saves against the determined Panthers, but in the end full backs Alex Miller and Nathan Devictor made some hard tackles to clear away the late Panther threats.

Thursday, September 29
Defense Stays Strong for Another JVB Victory

Bexley, OHIO  --  The Pioneers of Olentangy Orange visited the Cardinals in a game that would once again be highlighted with great defense. The Cardinals would apply the defensive pressure the entire game allowing the Pioneers only four shots on goal. The Cardinals would get on the board with a great penalty kick from Michael Skorupski off a Pioneer handball in the box. Other Cardinals with shots on goal included Issac Fleming, David Wing, Joe Jeffrey, and Ethan Herzog. The Cardinals would hang tough the second half and get the 1-0 victory.


Wednesday, September 28
Cardinals Move to 2-1 in Central Ohio Catholic League
Columbus, OHIO -- The Cardinals' varsity soccer team swooped into Bishop Ready High School and knocked the Silver Knights off their horse, beating the Central Ohio Catholic League nemesis 3-1 on September 27th.

The victory gives St. Charles Preparatory 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the CCL and leaves arch rival St. Francis DeSales High School as the only CCl opponent left on the schedule.

Trying to take away the Cardinals’ speed, the Silver Knights slowed the tempo of the game from the kick-off.  The Cardinals’ rhythm seemed off for most of the night, but Ready never did take the advantage.   

Sophomore Calvin Colvin was the first Cardinal to joist against the Silver Nights’ keeper, scoring about 14 minutes into the game.  Ready consolidated the defense around the keeper for the rest of the plugged half, frustrating the Cardinals’ forwards, but limited Ready’s offensive attack.

The second half started off slow with neither team asserting themselves.  The Cardinals seemed content to go home with the one point victory.  Coach Richard Ey tried several player combinations to up the intensity, but Ready’s down speed game threw the high flying Cardinals off track.

About halfway through the second half, Sophomore midfielder Elyas Ingram found a seam in the Knights’ defensive armor, and scored a second Cardinal goal.  The Cardinal defense, who had easily brushed aside Ready’s attackers, were caught flat footed when they scored shortly afterwards. 

The Cardinals were then able to take control of the the game, and displayed flashes of speed and agility normally seen in St. Charles’ soccer matches.  Freshman Nikko Strickler raced past a Silver Night defender to score the final goal of the night. 

The Cardinals face arch rival Stallions on Tuesday, but Coach Ey will need to keep them focused for Saturday’s home match against cross town rival Bexley Lions.

Tuesday, September 27
Rain Dampens the Cardinals' Offense Against Watterson

Columbus, OHIO  --  The JVB Cardinals traveled to a rain soaked Ohio School for the Death field to battle the Eagles of Watterson. The first half did not start off well for the Cardinals as the Eagles scored on a run away goal off a Cardinal defensive miscue. The Cardinals would really pour it on the Eagles in the second half, out shooting the Eagles 9-2.  A Joe Jeffrey penalty shot just missed hitting the crossbar. Nick Crossman also had a great shot just missing the mark. Other Cardinals with shots on goal included Sam Neff, Elliot Narcross, Connor Quinlan, and Bryan Ross. The Eagles would add another goal to end the game with a 2-0 loss for the Cardinals.




Sunday, September 25
JVB Battles to a Loss After Shutting the Stars out in the Second Half
Bexley, OHIO  --  The Centennial Stars brought a very physical game to the Cardinals. The Cardinals found themselves on the defensive from the opening whistle. The Stars scored two first half goals to make it 2-0 Stars at the break. The Cardinals really clamped down on defense in the second half shutting out the Stars. Bryan Ross led the defensive effort with a great save off a Star corner kick. The game ended with a 2-0 win for the Stars.




Friday, September 23
Cardinals Shut-Out Warriors on the Road

Westerville, OHIO – St. Charles' varsity soccer team evened up its record to 5 wins and 5 losses with a shut-out victory over Westerville North on September 22.

The 2-0 victory notched another road trip win for the Cardinals, who have found more success on the road than at home.

The Cardinals defense stood tall against the onslaught of quick shooting Warriors. Senior Captain, keeper Adam Mesewicz is credited with nine saves on the night, but the stats do not count decisive moves he made when on several occasions he charged out of the box to challenge a Warrior striker for the ball.

Early in the game, the trademark fast shooting Warriors looked like they were going to force the Cardinals to spend the night in defense, but the redbirds kept their cool and waited for their chance to pay for the Warriors' aggressiveness.

Sophomore Elyas Ingram forced his way through a sea of maroon and shot one past the keeper early in the first half, only to have the goal nullified by a phantom hand-ball called by the Warrior fans, but not witnessed by the line judge.

The Cardinals showed much maturity by not reacting to the call and continued to battle the Warriors. Coach Richard Ey sent his Cardinals back to the field with conservative possession type play, but Coach Price's Warriors returned to the field with even greater intensity and aggressiveness than in the first half. The game remained tied 0 to 0, until junior forward Alex Polko finished a goal after the ball was deflected off the keeper by a shot from Vaal Ngalla.

The Cardinals found themselves defending several corners in the second half and tough action away from the ball forced defender Nik Weislogel and midfielder Jake Bingham to the sidelines for some first aid.

The Cardinals put the game away late in the second half when junior midfielder Noah Sweet nutmegged a Warrior defender and fed Ingram the ball for the final score of the night. St. Charles takes to the pitch again on Tuesday when they take on the Silver Knights of Bishop Ready High School.

Friday, September 23
Cardinals JV Turns Back Determined Warriors

Westerville, OHIO – Facing an aggressive Westerville North offense, St. Charles junior varsity soccer team battled back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Warriors on the road on September 22.

The Cardinals defense solidified the 2-1 victory by shutting down the Warrior offense in the second half.

The first half of the match, the Cardinals and Warriors battled it out in the midfield, with neither team able to find the right opening for a legitimate scoring threat. Cardinal goalie Brian Ross handled six shots on goal in the half, but with about 3 minutes left in the half, the Warriors took advantage of a defensive misstep and got one past the keeper.

The Cardinals did not want to go into halftime down on the scoreboard and immediately turned-up the heat. The Warrior defense was caught off guard and the Cardinals drew a foul in the box with under 2 minutes to go in the half. The Warrior keeper could not handle Alex Macias' penalty kick, and the Cardinals evened up the score at halftime.

The second half started-up right where the first left off with both teams aggressively fighting for scoring position. Neither team had many clear shots on goal. Cardinal's defense kept the Warriors off keeper Josh Zebula's back; he deftly handled the three shots on goal.

The Cardinals offense also had problems penetrating the Warriors defense but they only needed one break-a-way from Alex Polinsky to pull ahead with 8:12 left in the game. Play got a little chippy near the end, but both teams held their composure and when time ran-out, the Cardinals left the field with another victory.

Thursday, September 22
Celts Slide by JVB

Bexley, OHIO  --  The Jerome Celts traveled to St. Charles for another tight game for the Cardinals.  The first period started off very even, but the Celts took advantage first with a great shot to make the score 1-0.  The Celts wasted no time in the second half scoring off the opening kick off.  The Cardinals came on strong with a near header goal by Joe Jeffrey off a corner kick.  Ethan Herzog got the Cardinals on the board as his shot just went over the hands of the Celts' goalie.  Despite a valiant attempt by the Cardinals, the game ended with a 2-1 Celt victory.

Wednesday, September 21
Cardinals Run A-foul of Eagles in Home Loss

Bexley, OHIO – Looking to extend its Central Catholic League steak against visiting Bishop Watterson, St. Charles left the pitch on the wrong side of the scoreboard in a 1-0 defeat on September 20.

A penalty kick late in the first half was the only offenses generated by either team for the cardinals second CCL match of the season.

Both teams battled it out in the danger zones, but neither team was able to maintain possession long enough to break-down defensive schemes. Hard tackles on both sides of the ball, and a few away from the ball; inflamed Cardinal players and the center referee seemed to key on retaliation late in the game.

Defender Drew Hicks had to leave the field briefly when he earned a yellow card, and some rough play in the box gave the visiting eagles a PK and its only clear shot on goal of the night. When time ran out, the Cardinals were unable to recover from the free kick. The cardinals find themselves 1 and 1 in league play.

Wednesday, September 21
JV Cardinals Soar Over Eagles

Bexley, OHIO – With a standout performance by the St. Charles defense, the JVA team recorded a 3-0 victory over the visiting Eagles of Bishop Watterson. The Cardinals scored the first goal of the game at the 17:29 mark as Jack Engert tendered the ball to Niko Strickler just inside the box. Strickler forced the goalie out of position and took advantage of the open goal. St. Charles took the 1-0 lead into the locker-room at halftime.

Strickler struck again at the 9:23 mark of the second half. Having received a pass from Alex Miller at the 35 yard mark, Niko struck a line drive over the head of the Eagle goalie, the ball hitting the bottom half of the crossbar and deflecting into the goal. The young Cardinals added a late goal as Will Walther, with an assist from Alex Macias, got behind the Watterson defense and made a left-footed shot on goal with a minute and a half remaining. The final score was 3-0 in favor of the home team.

But the story of the day had to be the play of the St. Charles defense. During the 72 minutes that the teams were on the field, the Cardinal defensemen never allowed the Watterson offense a single opportunity to put a shot on goal. Moreover, the defense of the JVA Cardinals was instrumental in starting runs that led to several scoring opportunities at the other end of the field.  In the end, St. Charles outshot Bishop Watterson 7-0.


Sunday, September 18
Cardinals Reclaim Home Field Advantage

Bexley, OHIO – St. Charles Varsity soccer team notched two consecutive wins with a decisive victory over the visiting Mid-State League opponent, Teays Valley High School on September 17th.

The Cardinals 4-1 win over the Vikings evens up their record at four and four, as the team builds momentum going into its second in-conference match of the season on Tuesday.

The invading Vikings found St. Charles' defense formidable, scoring only once early in the second half when the boys in blue knocked a header into the goal off of a free kick in the 37th minute. The rest of the night, the Cardinals kept the ball clear of the goal and giving the visitors only one opportunity for a corner kick.

The Cardinals countered with a balanced attack with goals being scored by starters and coach Richard Ey's deep bench.

Junior Captain Daniel Huss got the Cardinals on the score board first when he got a shot off while in traffic in the 30th minute. Fellow junior Finlay Hessler fired an unassisted line drive past the Viking keeper to score the winning goal with just one minute left in the first half.

The Cardinals did not need anymore points for a victory, but the Vikings could not deny the home team offensive weapons. Vaal Ngalla continued his streak of unassisted goals when he worked his way through the Viking defenders, and placed a well aimed shot low just out of the reach of the visitors' keeper's reach.

Sophomore Alex Macias, swinging up from the JV match, came off the bench for the coup de grâce, by heading the fourth Cardinal goal of the night with four minutes left in regulation time. The red and white will defend its winning streak at home match against Bishop Watterson on Tuesday.

Sunday, September 18
JV remain undefeated at Home

Bexley, OHIO – For the Teays Valley High School junior varsity soccer team, the trip home to Ashville could not come fast enough as St. Charles' junior varsity continued its winning ways with a shut-out against the visitors on September 17.

The 6-0 win over the Vikings extends the JV Cardinals undefeated home field streak as they prepare for another home match against Central Catholic League powerhouse Bishop Watterson on Tuesday.

The Cardinal defense shut-down the Viking offense early. Keeper Brian Ross notched two saves in the first half and another in the second.

Nate Devictor got into the offensive flow of the game with a shot on goal in the first half, and a free kick that was just off the mark in the second.

The only goal the Cardinals needed for the match came on a Ben Carlisle free kick from 45 yards out in the 31st minute of the first half. Carlisle later found the back of the net in the second half when he connected from a Will Walther pass in the second half.

A few minutes later Jack Engert found an open Alex Macias who scored in the 26th minute. Walther got into the scoring mix when Niko Strickler fed him the ball around the 13 minute mark and three minutes later Macias saw the streaking Stickler moving into space and assisted him with the fourth goal of the night.

The Vikings did not find the Cardinals any friendlier in the second half. Walther assisted in both second half goals in the 26th and 24th minute. He first set up Carlisle's second goal of the night and then Teo Juratovac got into the act with the red and white's sixth goal.


Sunday, September 18
Cardinals Defeat Wildcats
Hilliard, OHIO  --  The JVB Cardinals traveled west to play the Wildcats of Hilliard Davidson. Joe Jeffrey would get the Cardinals on the board first as he traveled the length of the field and placed the ball in the back of the net. David Wood would add two shots on goal. In the second half the Cardinals weathered a barrage of shots from the Wildcats. There was great defense all around from the Cardinals with exceptional goalie play by Josh Zebula. Josh Kravitz also had a key defensive assist to save a possible tying goal. The game ended with a 1-0 victory for the Cardinals.

Thursday, September 15
Cards Win Conference Opener
Columbus, OHIO -- St. Charles Preparatory varsity soccer team opened its in-conference play with a road victory over Bishop Hartley.

The Cardinals 2-0 conference win over the Hawks added some luster to the Jeckle and Hyde soccer team that dominated some tough out of conference teams but lost to some easier opponents this season.

The defense played a big part in the victory, stopping several strong Hartley challenges up until late in the game. But it was a quick first half goal by junior striker Alex Polko who knocked the Hawks off balance in the opening minute of the game, maneuvering through the Hawks line-up and shooting one-on-one past the keeper to give Hartley a special house warming present.

The second half teetered back and forth with neither team able to capitalize on break-a-ways and shots on goal, until junior Vaal Ngalla did his best Lionel Messi imitation by zig-zagging up the field and scoring an unassisted goal.

The Cardinals’ next conference challenge comes against Bishop Watterson on September 20th, but they will need to stay sharp when they take on Teays Valley this coming Saturday. 

Thursday, September 15
JVA Earns 5th Win of the Season
Columbus, Ohio -- St. Charles Preparatory School’s junior varsity soccer team continues its winning streak, beating Bishop Hartley in the team’s first conference game of the season. 

The Cardinals 2-1 victory over the Hawks marks the team’s fifth win of the season which is highlighting a diverse scoring attack and a stubborn defense that has only allowed 8 goals in seven games. 

Traveling the three and a half miles south to take on the Hawks, the Cardinals entered enemy territory with confidence earned in victories against Reynoldsburg and Pickerington Central.  

Keeper Josh Zebula handled duty in-between the goal posts for the entire game,  allowing only one Hartley goal through and saving six well aimed shots on goal.

The Cardinal offense did what it does best, finding new ways to score each game.  The defense dominated the first half until Will Walther found nothing but net, scoring the first Cardinal point of the night.

The second half saw Walther bank his corner kick off of Teo Juratovac’s chest for the winning goal of the night. The Cardinals will have another out of conference match against Teays Valley before their next conference battle against Bishop Watterson. 

Thursday, September 15
JVB Contest Ends in Tie with Olentangy Orange
The JVB Cardinals once again played with their signature strong Defense against the Pioneers of Olentangy Orange. Both Elliot Narcross and Josh Kravitz contributed with key defensive assists to stop Pioneer goals. Goalies Bryan Ross and Josh Zebula combined for 12 saves and only gave up one goal. Bryan Ross game out of the net in the second half and scored what would be the tying goal. Josh Zebula, Elliot Narcross, Nick Crossman, Joe Jeffrey and Kwame Larbi-Karang all took shots at the net.  The Cardinals and Pioneers ended with a well played 1-1 tie.

Monday, September 12
JV Cardinals Kick Panthers' Tails
Pickerington, OHIO -- St. Charles Preparatory’s junior varsity soccer team continues building its legacy as Central Ohio’s up and coming program by defeating Pickerington Central on the road on September 10.

The Cardinals 2-1 victory against the Panthers comes on the heals of a home victory, and traditional soccer powers shaking their heads.

The Cardinals’ secret is tough defense and diverse offensive threats that spreads the attack among different players each game.

The Cardinals came-out shooting in the first half with four determined shots on goal.  Frank Carsonie, one of three redbirds making life stressful for the Panthers, put the Cardinals on the scoreboard before halftime.

The Panthers thought they knew who to shut down in the second half but they did not realize that the Cardinals have more than one threat in the nest.  Alex Macias’ pass to Jack Engert added the second goal of the night.

The Panthers pressured the Cardinal defense until late in the game. Bending, but not breaking, the visitors kept the home team off balance, notching another victory on the goalpost.  The Cardinals will have their first conference challenge of the season when they take to the road against the Hawks of Bishop Hartley on Tuesday. 

Monday, September 12
Varsity still looking for Answers on the Road
Pickerington, OHIO --  Reeling from a close home loss, the St. Charles Preparatory varsity soccer team hoped that the team could rally on the road, but Pickerington Central kept the home field advantage denying the visitors safe harbor on September 10th.

The Cardinals fell 2-1 against the Panthers in another close match in out of conference play.

The Panthers locked-in on the Cardinals number one scoring threat, Vaal Ngalla, with a lot of incidental contact away from the ball, but he was able to fire one past the keeper in the first half to get the redbirds in the game.

The physical play continued throughout the second half, frustrating the Cardinals on the field because the officials were quick in picking up on retaliatory strikes against the Panthers.

The Cardinals hope to take lessons learned in out of conference play and apply it in the first conference game of the season, when they take on the Bishop Hartley Hawks on Tuesday.   

Sunday, September 11
First Victory of the Season for JVB Cardinals
Pickerington, OHIO  --  The JVB Cardinals poured on the offense against the Pickerington North Panthers in an away contest. In the first half, Ethan Herzog just missed scoring with a shot that traveled just left of the net. Marcus McDowell also showed some great defense with a key block to assist goalie Bryan Ross. In the second half, the Cardinals really took the offensive. Kwame Larbi-Korang had a great cross pass to Nick Crossman who just missed scoring. The Cardinals got on the board with a great shot and goal by Phil Suozzi. The Cardinals were not done there. Nick Crossman had another great shot with a save by the Panther Goalie. Ethan Herzog was there for the follow up shot and put the ball in the goal. The Cardinals out shot the Panthers 14-5 and got their first victory of the season with a final of 2-0.

Friday, September 9
Cardinals Slam Westerville's JVA

Bexley, OHIO -- Somebody forgot to tell the Cardinals' Junior Varsity soccer team that the one of the area’s premiere soccer programs was visiting, as the home team went on to defeat the Warhawks 7-1 on September 8.

Westerville Central’s JV squad kept the game close, only allowing one Cardinal goal in the first half, but the St. Charles' JV put the foot on the accelerator in the second; combining for six additional points for the night.

The Cardinals first score of the night came with just under 22nd minutes left in the first half when Niko Strickler connected with Jack Engert for a goal. Both teams battled it out in the midfield with Cardinal keeper Trey Ward deftly handling three determined Warhawk shots on goal.

The second half started off just like the first with both teams fending off counter attacks until the 22nd minute when the redbirds scored the winning goal with another Jack Engert shot at almost the same time in the second half.  Engert got past the Warhawk’s keeper one more time with 18:54 left in the game but, the Cardinals were not ready to sit back and enjoy the victory.

Will Walther assisted on one goal and scored another off of a header at the 15:50 mark. Cardinals Alex Miller and Frank Carsonie kept the scoring machine rolling downhill, feeding goal scoring passes to teammates.

Ben Carlisle scored two in the second half, including a header with about 10 minutes left in regulation and Alex Macias fired one in with five seconds left in the game giving the Cardinals seven points on the night.

The Cardinals sent in keeper Josh Zebula to keep the Warhawks from making any sort of a comeback.  He defended against five corners and had a total of three saves on the night.  St.Charles will defend its winning streak on the road on Saturday, when they take on the Panthers of Pickerington Central.

Friday, September 9
Warhawks Ruffle Cardinals' Feathers
Bexley, OHIO -- The Warhawks flew into the Cardinals' nest and flew back to Westerville with a win on the road, beating the St. Charles varsity soccer team 2-1 September 8.

Fresh from a victory on the road, the Cardinals looked confident under the lights.  The light rain was a far cry from the crippling heat the redbirds played through in the victory over Reynoldsburg.

The first half the Cardinals and Warhawks battled back and forth with neither team gaining any advantage.  With seconds left in the first half, the Warhawks knocked a header into the net after a break-a-way.

The Cardinals entered the second half dominating the field of play.  The Warhawks fought back, stopping the Cardinal assaults on goal, until Midfielder Noah Sweet dropped a pass to the feet of fellow junior Alex Polko who fed the only Cardinal goal of the night to Val Nagalla at the 22 minute mark.

Momentum seemed to be going in the Cardinal’s favor when the Warhawks took advantage of some confusion during a corner kick and retook the lead a few minutes later.  The Cardinals never let up but were unable to capitalize on some well placed crosses, when the final buzzer sounded.

The Cardinals take to the road on Saturday when they take on the Panthers of Pickerington Central.            

Monday, September 5
Warriors Melt Under Hot Shooting Cardinals
Reynoldsburg, OHIO -- With a heat index making field conditions feel like it was 100 degrees, St. Charles Preparatory varsity soccer team shut-out Reynoldsburg High School 3-0 on Saturday September 3.

The Cardinals entered the game reeling from a two game loosing streak, and faced a determined Warrior squad that had recently tied Thomas Worthington who had beaten St. Charles at home. 

Employing all of his available players, Coach Richard Ey kept pressuring the Warriors’ defense until a flurry of shots on goal drove the Reynoldsburg starters to the sidelines. The Cardinals on field play never faltered, no matter what 11 players were on the pitch.

The first half saw both teams battling it out in the midfield with neither team able to land a knock-out punch before the referee blew the halftime whistle.  The Warriors tried to make of go of it early in the second half, but the Cardinals counter attack was too much to stop.

Sophomore Elyas Ingram beat the Warrior’s keeper twice, first after fellow sophomore Drew Hicks fed him a pass in the eighth minute of the second half, and again four minutes later when junior Val Ngalla assisted for Ingram’s second goal of the day. 

Attacking defender senior Jack Benson fired a cannon ball past the beleaguered Warrior keeper in the 22nd minute after receiving a corner kick from sophomore Nik Weislogel. 

The deep Cardinal bench paid big dividends for Coach Ey with many players challenging the Warrior defense with shots on goal.  Junior center midfielder John La Forge’s shot skimmed just above the crossbar, and freshman Niko Strickler shook-off a James Laurinaitis type tackle when he broke through the Warriors' wilted defense. 

In spite of nursing numerous nagging preseason injuries, the Cardinal defense never faltered in the heat, shutting down the Warriors’ forwards and giving Adam Mesewicz a shut-out for the game.

The Cardinals will not have long to savor the victory. Coach Ey gave his players the Labor Day weekend to rest-up; they face another tough match at home on Thursday, when the  red and white face perennial soccer powerhouse, Westerville Central. 

Monday, September 5
JV's Hot Streak Continues

Reynoldsburg, OHIO – Reynoldsburg junior varsity soccer team may be questioning whether blistering heat was caused by unseasonable high pressure system or by the hot shooting St. Charles JV squad as the Cardinals shut-out the wilted Raiders 3-0 on September 3.

The Cardinals deep bench perplexed the Raiders who found that no matter what combination Coach Pavol sent in, the intensity of the visitors' play remained as hot as the temperatures.

The Raiders seemed to be trying to wear-out the Cardinals by slowing down the tempo of the game and trying to set-up a counter attack when the Cardinals guard was down. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the visitors' defense looked as fresh at the end of the game as they did at the kick-off. First half keeper and varsity place kicker for St. Charles on the grid-iron, John Colosimo faced few threats and was credited with one save.

The Raiders stepped up the pressure in the second half, challenging the Cardinal defense a bit more. Coach Pavol sent out Josh Zebula to protect the goal in the second half and he faced a few more attacks, and garnered four saves on the afternoon.

With Cardinal substitutions keeping the PA announcer busy, scoring opportunities came from new threats each time the ball reached the Raiders' danger zone. Will Walther drew first blood on a Ben Carlisle assist. Jack Engert shot another past the sweat blurred eyes of the Warriors' keeper, and he assisted Carlisle on the final score of the afternoon.

Monday, September 5
Defense Shuts-Out Warhawks in JVB Tie
The St. Charles Junior Varsity B soccer team held-off a late game pentalty kick to tie Westerville Central's B squad on August 31.  
The JVB Cardinals continued with a common theme throughout this young season. Defense! Goalie Josh Zebula continued to play well in the net. Joe Jeffrey also had a key block in the first half to help save a goal. Elliot Narcross, Nick Crossman, Ethan Herzog, David Wood, and Sam Neff all had shots on goal.
Despite all these shots, the Warhawks tough defense denied the Cardinals any goals. It looked as though Westerville Central might gain the advantage with a second period penalty kick. Freshman keeper Josh Zebula was up for the challenge as he made a terrific save denying the goal. The game ended with a hard fought 0-0 tie.

Friday, September 2
Cards Lose Tough Loss to Thomas Worthington
Bexley, OHIO -- Sharing the same mascot and colors, visiting Thomas Worthington High School played like they had home field advantage as St. Charles lost its first home game of the season 2-1 on September 1.

The St. Charles Cardinals, wearing the white kits, kept Thomas Worthington off the score board in the first half.  Senior Jake Bingham collected his first goal during a scrum when a Thomas Worthington defender played the ball to his feet.  St. Charles left the field confident, but no one told Thomas Worthington that all hope should be abandoned.

The red clad Thomas Worthington Cardinals started the second half reeling from some aggressive play, but the tables were turned after senior captain Adam Mesewicz questioned a Thomas Worthington goal that he insisted he saved.  Tempers flared and yellow cards came-out, and St. Charles never regained composure the rest of the night.

St. Charles mounted several counter attacks only to be flustered by Thomas Worthington’s aggressive response.  The referees turned-off their hearing aids early in the second half, so fans’ reactions did not have any positive effect on the game.  Thomas Worthington scored a second goal late in the second half to seal its victory.  St. Charles made several attempts to tie up the game in the final few minutes, but Thomas Worthington had time and composure on their side.  St. Charles is looking for a victory on Saturday when they take to the road against Reynoldsburg.

Friday, September 2
Thomas Worthington Hands JVA its First Loss at Home for the Season

Bexley OHIO -- The visiting Thomas Worthington Cardinals turned up the heat on an already hot first day of September, defeating St. Charles Preparatory Junior Varsity A team 2-0.

The hometown Cardinals out finessed the visitors until Thomas Worthington forced one in between the pipes with only 1:38 left in the first half. St. Charles was not able to capitalize on several opportunities when Jack Engert, Niko Strickler and Frank Carsonie each fired shots on goal. St. Charles left the pitch shocked, but determined, to even up the score in the second half.  

The second half opened with a determined St. Charles battling Thomas Worthington in the trenches.  Niko Strickler added two more shots on target and Alex Macias fired another one, but in spite of Keeper Josh Zebula’s 10 saves, Thomas Worthington sealed the deal with 5:05 left in regulation.  

JVA will look to end its two game skid on Saturday when they travel to Reynoldsburg for another afternoon sizzler. 

Sunday, August 28
Cards Lose to Beavercreek
Beavercreek, OHIO -- The JVB Cardinals' first road test came against a historically solid Beavercreek program.  Beavercreek continued to show that they have a fine soccer program.  Despite numerous shots on goal, Josh Zebula weathered a flurry of shots and only gave up one goal in the first half.  Beavercreek continued to fire away on goal and was able to score three additional goals in the second half against goalie Brian Ross.  The Cardinals never gave up and fought hard throughout the contest.  The final was a 4-0 victory for Beavercreek.

Sunday, August 28
Battling Beavers' Defense Silents JVA Offense
Beavercreek, OHIO -- St. Charles JVA soccer team lost to Beavercreek High School 3-0 in an afternoon road trip on August 27.

The Cardinals traveled to the Dayton suburban soccer powerhouse hoping to capitalize on its Westland victory.

The Battling Beavers had other ideas, scoring in the fifth minute.  The Cardinal defense held up to the potent Beavercreek offense and foiled the fast shooting Beavers.

The offense mounted strong counter attacks, when Alex Polinsky fired a missile on goal in the first half.  Jack Engert tried to get the Cardinals on the score board in the second half with a determined shot on goal saved by the Battling Beaver keeper.

Both Cardinal Keepers saw action Saturday.  John Colosimo pulled the Cardinal defense together after the first goal grazed his fingertips.  Back-up keeper, Josh Zebula, handled the Beavers attacks but was unable to stop a direct kick, and one shot that sailed just over his head in the second half.

The JVA will apply some lessons learned in this match when they meet Thomas Worthington on Thursday. 

Sunday, August 28
Battling Beaver Road Trip a Bust
Beavercreek, OHIO -- A tired Cardinal varsity team had a long bus ride home after losing its first road trip of the season against the perennial state ranked Battling Beavers 3-1 on August 27.

St. Charles Preparatory faced Beaver Creek High School that was determined to avenge last year’s loss.

The Battling Beavers scored fast and scored early dominating the field of play during the first half.  All three of the fighting rodent goals came in the first half.  

Conner Colvin drew a yellow card in the first half after he was pushed into the Beavercreek keeper.  Striker Alex Polko was then tossed out of the game with a red card after he tried to point-out to the referee the error of his call.

The only bright spot for Cardinals came in the second half when Freshman Frank Carsonie snuck one past the Beavercreek defense.

The Cardinals will try and regroup Thursday when they take on Thomas Worthington at home. 

Wednesday, August 24
Cardinals Varsity and JV Victorious in Regular Season Opener
Bexley OHIO -- St Charles Preparatory Cardinals soccer teams kicked-off its regular season with JV and Varsity victories over the visiting South-Western City Schools Westland High Cougars on Tuesday August 23, 2011. 

In the top half of the double header, the Junior Varsity nearly wore-out the back of the goal nets in a 8-0 victory, while Coach Rick Ey's youthful varsity line-up found itself on the positive side of a 4-1 W, over the visitors. 

In the night game, the Cardinals found the back of the net early with Junior Alex Polko, who nursed some nagging injuries during the preseason, scoring in the opening minutes off a corner by Sophomore Niklas Weislogel.  The Cardinals' scoring machine shifted into second gear when Junior Will Evens knocked a header into the net off a corner served by Senior Jack Bingham. 

The beleaguered Cougars, physical play and tighter marking kept the Cardinals scoreless until the final minute of the first half when Junior Captain Daniel Huss, fired-off a low drive to the bottom left corner past the Cougar keeper for his first career high school goal.

The Cougars got on the boards early in the second half with a break-away by Cougar Junior Emmanuel Tuolee, as he dashed through the Cardinal defense for his first goal of the season.  Coach Ey began rotating some of his more seasoned players in the second half, stifling the reinvigorated Cougar offense.

Freshman Niko Strickler, swinging up from JV to play in the varsity match, scored the final goal of the night, cherry picking a loose rebound after the Cougar keeper blocked away a determined shot on goal by Polko. The Cougars' keeper realizing that Strickler was wearing a Cardinal JV kit, chastised his defenders for letting a JV player score on them.  

Senior Captain Adam Mesewicz staved off a few close calls and was credited with three saves on the evening.  Juniors Finlay Hessler, Jonathan LaForge, Vaal Ngalla, and Noah Sweet, saw limited action on the night but dominated the Cougars' defenders by keeping the ball on the Cougars half of the pitch for the final 20 minutes of the game. 

The Junior Varsity set the tone for the night with a solid drubbing of the Cougars JV squad. Sophomore Alex Macias, scored the first official Cardinal goal of the regular season off a Frank Carsonie assist in the opening minutes of the game. The Carsonie/Macias combination would connect for another point later in the half.
Sophomore teammate Jonathan Anderson found the leaky Cougar defense too tempting and he added a second goal about a minute later. Sophomore Alex Polinsky made it an even four points with pleanty of time left in the first half.
Niko Strickler added to the Cougars' woes and forshadowed how he would get on the boards in the varsity game, when the defenders failed to clear his shot.
The fireworks were still going strong in the first half when Junior Teo Juratovac connected on Sophomore Will Walther's pass, for a rocket past the keeper.  Walther collected on that good karma and shot one past the keeper after Junior Quintain Kelly served up a nice cross with 1:33 seconds to go in the half.  

The Cougars entered the pitch in the second half, determined to stop the scoring hemorrhaging but they were not able to get past the stiff Cardinal defense. Will Walther provided one more assist in the second half when he served-up a nice assist to Ben Carlisle for the eighth point of the night. The Cardinals are on the road for the their next match against the Beaver Creek City Schools Battling Beavers. 

Tuesday, August 23
Upper Arlington Game Ends in a Tie
Bexley, OHIO -- The 2011 St. Charles JVB team began their season at home verses Upper Arlington.  Elliot Narcross (Captain) and Phillip Suozzi both had multiple shots on goal, but the UA goalie played well, not allowing any goals for the entire game.  St. Charles goalie, Josh Zebula, was also up for the challenge as he had some great saves and did not allow a goal for the Golden Bears.  This defensive struggle ended with a 0-0 tie.

Monday, August 22
Cardinals Weather Tough Matches During Alumni Game Friendly

Bexley, OHIO -- A torrential down-pour soaked players and fans but had no effect on enthusiasm as St. Charles soccer teams played two friendly matches during the annual Monsignor Colby Grimes Alumni Game Sunday.


The double header lead-off with the JVA, 2 nil victors over the JVB team in a lighting shorted match, and the Varsity team weathered torrential rain and driving shots on goal against an all star team of former Cardinal greats in a 5-2 victory over the Alumni Team.


The JVA size and speed was a decisive factor in the first match of the day.  The JVB did not let the two early goals rattle them and were mounting a determined come-back when lightning and thunder forced players and fans off the pitch.  The JV teams took the delay in stride and yielded the pitch to the All Star Alumni team after the the first storm cell passed over the stadium.


Lighting did not strike but the Alumni team mounted a stormy attack, scoring the first goal in the headliner match.  The first half was interrupted due to the skin soaking downpour, but the former and current Cardinals returned to the field of battle to finish the friendly that honors Monsignor Grimes, the late spiritual leader of St. Charles Soccer.


Dampened but not beaten, the Varsity players rejuvenated in the second half, mounting surgical attacks and stiff defense to score five goals against the winded Alums.  An own-goal evened up the score.  Head Coach Rick Ey’s deep bench paid off with sophomore strikers providing the offensive punch needed to put the game away. Niko Strickler, freshman, pounded two in, and Conner Colvin and Alex Macias each found the back of the net before the final buzzer sounded.


The Alumni game is the final tune-up before the season kicks-off on Tuesday.  Before the match, the players gathered at the school chapel for a team Mass.  Afterwords current players, families, and Alums met in fellowship and shared a meal catered by City  Barbecue.