Bomber Varsity Soccer fell to the Moeller Crusaders on a beautiful Tuesday night. The match was played at Gettler Stadium located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. This was each team’s first GCL game. It was also a matchup between two Cincinnati soccer powerhouses as St. Xavier was ranked third in the city and Moeller was second in the city and fifth in the state.
The Bombers, looking for the upset, came out hot. They controlled the game for the first twenty minutes and it paid off. Fourteen minutes into the game, St. X took the lead on a beautiful corner kick from junior Craig Wellins which Nathan Neal was able to knock into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. For the remainder of the half, both teams traded chances but the Bomber defense was up to the challenge. Keeper Lucas Marshall made an awesome diving save on a nice shot from a Moeller player to keep the Crusaders scoreless. St. Xavier seemed to have the upper hand for the remainder of the first half, but the team couldn’t capitalize on any more chances and they went into halftime with the one goal lead.
Both teams opened up the second half playing with intensity and fury. After twenty minutes of exciting soccer, it seemed as if the Bombers were going to win the match. But with 17
minutes to go, Moeller was finally able to squeak one past the keeper and tie the game. The Crusaders would go on to score two more times in the next ten minutes putting the game out of reach for the Bombers. While St. Xavier never gave up and had a couple solid chances to get back in the game, they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities and the game ended in a 3-1 loss to our rivals.
With the loss, St. Xavier’s record is now 2-2-2 and they are 0-1-0 in league play. The boys in blue will look to rebound Saturday night against Lakota West. It is an away game but the team will be prepared to get back on track with another victory.