The Charleston Catholic Irish came a long ways to participate in River View’s Labor Day Showcase that was played on Monday, Sept. 5.
And the trip was well worth it.
The Irish scored a late goal in the first half and then got another score just six minutes into the second half to shutout West Holmes 2-0.
Charleston Catholic (5-1-1) hails from Kanawha County in West Virginia and has been a scoring machine through its first six games before playing the Lady Knights, netting 20 goals.
West Holmes almost got out of the game’s first half unscathed by the potent Irish offense until they allowed a goal to Jordan Keener with just 1:20 left in the first.
Keener did some dipsy doodles around the West Holmes defense and then finished in style crushing one into the goal’s side netting just outside the reach of the Lady Knights’ goalkeeper Savannah Rogers.
Head coach Brooke Mowrer said the Lady Knights have been prone to giving up late goals and an example of that was earlier this season when they allowed Dover to score with under two minutes to play to steal a 2-1 win.
“We have this tendency to give up late goals,” Mowrer said. “We’ve been working a lot at practice on mental toughness and doing some drills to make our girls stick it out for a minute or two more.”
Six minutes into the second half the Irish struck again. The Irish won a cornerkick that was played right into the heart of the West Holmes goal. The ball pinballed inside the West Holmes six-yard box with several players taking a hack at the elusive ball. Finally Madeline Blaydes found the ball at her feet and she knew what to do with it, knocking it into the goal to give the Irish a 2-0 lead.
The Irish went on for the shutout only allowing three shots on goal by the Lady Knights. Senior keeper Vida Imani got the win in goal for the Irish in light duty with only three saves as she wasn’t tested much by the West Holmes attack.
Overall Mowrer thought her team could have done a better job at winning more balls in the midfield and also hoped her Lady Knights would play more aggressive in the big showcase match-up.
“We weren’t winning balls, pressuring balls or doing anything we talked about before the game,” said Mowrer.
“Are lineup isn’t really solidified right now,” Mowrer continued. “I started some different girls today if you noticed and tried some girls at different spots. We are just looking for 11 girls that are going to give me 100 percent effort and pressure the whole time they are out there. We haven’t found that yet.”
Senior Ali Gilt had the two best scoring chances for the Lady Knights, both coming in the first half. With 16 minutes to play in the first Gilt roped a shot just over the top bar and then just a few minutes later she got loose, but again just played one wide of the goal.
Rogers did all she could in the West Holmes net coming up with 11 saves against the Irish. Charleston Catholic outshot the Lady Knights 13-4 and had the possession most of the day.
The Lady Knights drop to 1-3 on the season with a date with Wooster looming on Thursday Sept. 9 on the road.