DuBOIS — With just one game left in the regular season before playoffs, the DuBois boys soccer team started off the push to the playoffs the right way with a 4-0 victory over Karns City on Monday evening at the DuBois Middle School field.
The Beavers held the Gremlins without a shot until the 57th minute of the game as the game was mostly played on the Karns City end. The Gremlins also got a couple more shots at the goal in the next couple minutes, but stayed scoreless with only three shots for the game.
“We played a really good game,” said DuBois coach Matt Erickson. “The kids are starting to get the mindset of going into playoffs. They’re starting to pick up their play a little bit better. Everybody worked really hard today.”
After getting their first shot at the goal in the third minute, DuBois’ second shot of the day proved to be all they ended up needing.
Nolan Bussell got the first goal of the day on a direct kick at 11:23. The Beavers had two players fake a shot before Bussell booted a ball that bounced before the goal line. The Karns City keeper dove for the ball, but couldn’t get a hand on it.
Bussell also took care of the second goal for DuBois just over six minutes later. The sophomore received a cross pass in the middle of the field and booted the ball in, giving the Beavers a 2-0 lead at 17:31.
The scoring continued for the Beavers eight minutes later as Nico McDonald joined the fun. McDonald kicked the ball and hit the right goalpost, but got the ball inside of the goal just enough that it deflected into the net. The goal came at 25:05, giving DuBois a 3-0 lead.
DuBois also had a couple more chances before the first half ended. McDonald blasted a shot that was just over the goal only moments after his goal.
Rob Martini also was close to a goal, but missed the ball off a cross from Dallin Glade in the 30th minute, while Glade also shot a ball just wide of the goal a couple minutes before halftime.
DuBois still went to the half up 3-0, and leading the shot count, 9-0. Beaver goalkeeper Shadi Hassan only needed to handle the ball off drop passes and goal kicks.
Karns City’s Clay Garing finally got their first shot on the board in the 57th minute, and also he and Austin Rumbaugh had one in the next couple minutes for the Gremlins’ lone shots of the night.
McDonald hit another post in the 64th minute before Seth Braid got the Beavers their final goal of the game.
A Beaver hit the crossbar, but the ball deflected right back to Braid where he got the rebound and buried it in the back of the net at 69:34.
Both teams substituted their goalkeeper late in the second half. Hassan was pulled for Jordan Meinert after Hassan made all three saves. Gremlin keeper Jake Weckerly made 11 saves before they went to Nate Boyden for the last seven minutes of the game.
McDonald led the Beavers with five shots on goal in the game. DuBois won the final shot count, 21-3.
DuBois improved to 10-6 on the season with their final game of the regular season on Thursday at home against Punxsutawney. The playoffs will get under way next week.
“We just have to keep working on small things,” said Erickson. “At this point, it’s pretty much the small things we need to fix. It’s the tedious, repetitive drills that they need to work on until things become muscle memory.”
The game with Punxsy will begin at 5 p.m. from the DuBois Middle School field.