After a postponement yesterday due to rain, St. Xavier took the field against a tough LaSalle team on Wednesday night at Kolping Park. This was the Bomber’s first of two meetings against LaSalle this season and their third overall GCL match. After a disappointing tie to Elder in the last GCL contest, St. Xavier came into the game one point back of the Lancers in the GCL standings looking to get ahead with a win.
The game started slow. Neither team was getting any good chances and it was a pretty evenly played first 15 minutes. Then LaSalle started to get scoring opportunities, but senior goalkeeper Lucas Marshall was there for the challenge. He made three beautiful saves to keep the score 0-0 at half. The Bombers came out for the second half with a newfound sense of urgency. The ball started to break their way, and the Boys in Blue picked up a few good chances. They took advantage. Senior Will Watkins kicked off the scoring 15 minutes into the half thanks to a stunning pass from fellow senior Nathan Neal. The Bombers weren’t satisfied yet. Senior Nicholas Bach scored an insurance goal nine minutes later to make the score 2-0 with 16 minutes remaining. Nathan Neal tallied another assist on this goal as well. For the Bomber’s final goal, Neal finally got his chance to score after a nice pass from junior Luke Rockwood. He left Neal with a wide open net and the senior booted one in to give St. Xavier a commanding 3-0 lead with only five minutes remaining. LaSalle would rebound and score one with only a couple minutes left to end the shutout.
Overall, it was a very well played game by St. Xavier. They were able to take over in the second half and gain two points in the GCL standings. This leaves them in second place with a 1-1-1 league record and a 3-3-4 overall record. They have an uphill climb to win the GCL title but the team has what it takes to come back. The next GCL game will be this coming Tuesday at home against Moeller. With a win, St. Xavier will have a good chance to at least share in the GCL title. St. X will take the field next on Saturday against Mason. It should be a thrilling game in which the Bombers will attempt to continue to gain momentum heading down the final stretch of the regular season.