Boys Soccer: St. Rita falls 2-1 to Notre Dame
By Jonah Rosenblum For Sun-Times Media September 10, 2013 10:36PM
Given the eight goals it let up to Maine East less than a week before, it seemed improbable that Notre Dame would secure its first win behind a stout defense.
Tuesday night, Notre Dame prevailed 2-1 over St. Rita behind two goals from Lucas Carlson and a nearly flawless defensive effort.
“I kind of challenged them at the beginning of the game,” Dons coach Reggie Lara said. “I told them that we need to focus things in terms of communication and organization, especially with our offsides line. I think they did an excellent job. I challenged them to also be more physical than their opposing forwards and I think they did a good job of that.”
The Dons (1-2-1) essentially kept the Mustangs (1-3-0) from mustering a serious threat until the 18th minute, when Austin Tiernan got position in the box and sent a shot off the right post. Not to be deterred, the fullback recovered his own rebound and sent the ball into the back of the net.
Notre Dame took less than two minutes to mount a response, as a deep ball downfield found Carlson, who knocked it past the goalie.
“I knew the ball had gotten over the defender’s head so I knew I could try to beat him in a race and I got there first,” Carlson said.
Just 61/2 minutes later, the senior playing his first game as an “attacking midfielder” took a throw-in from deep in St. Rita territory, gritted through a defender and gave the Dons the lead.
“I was able to get a lucky bounce and found myself in front of the goal,” Carlson said.
St. Rita’s Nick Spallina nearly knotted the score with a roller left of the net. The Mustangs’ Bailey Marth had three shots blocked in the final minutes, and the Mustangs were unable to take advantage of a late free kick and a corner with two minutes remaining.