DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic boys soccer team’s struggles continued on Wednesday afternoon with a 7-1 loss to Clarion-Limestone at DCC High School.
Central ended Monday’s game against Brockway with just 10 players on the field, but the Cardinals did have a couple players on the bench on Wednesday. Still, it wasn’t enough to get their offense going as DCC had just nine shots on the afternoon.
“We’re trying to get back into the groove of things,” said DCC coach Frank Szczerba. “We have a bunch of things to work on. We’ll see what we come up with for the remaining games of the season.”
Although C-L was able to put up 26 shots on the day, it didn’t look like it was going to get that many toward the goal in the first half, let alone the first 10 minutes.
The two teams put up one shot each in that first 10 minutes of the game, but the Lions started to slowly get more opportunities their way.
Finally at the 15:03 mark, C-L cracked the scoreboard as the ball ricocheted around the Cardinals’ goal through a couple C-L players. C-L’s Isaac Kim finally got the ball off his foot and into the goal for the first score of the contest.
DCC goalkeeper Tyler McIntosh, who made 25 saves in the Brockway game on Monday, once again made a big save just a couple minutes later on the Lions’ Braden Peters.
Central’s Egan Peck was tripped on a breakaway 22 minutes into the first half to get his team their real first scoring chance, but the ensuing shot sailed over the net.
At the 33:47 mark, the Lions’ Kyle Schonbachler picked up a long distance goal. Schonbachler booted the ball from just over 10 yards inside midfield, placing the ball perfectly in the top corner of the goal to give his team a 2-0 lead.
Peck got his team on the board just over two minutes later, beating a C-L defender and getting the ball past the C-L keeper to cut the Cardinals’ deficit in half.
The Lions still picked up one more goal in the last minute of the first half as the ball deflected off a Central defender off the foot of Ben Murtha and into the goal, giving C-L a 3-1 lead at the half.
Peters put in the first two goals of the second half at 47:33 and again at 51:10. The second goal came on a header off a corner kick, giving C-L a 5-1 lead.
Connor Nichols joined the scoring column for the Lions seven minutes later. After that goal, McIntosh was pulled for Jon Schoeneman in goal, while McIntosh went and played in the field.
McIntosh made 10 saves in his 60 minutes in goal, while Schoeneman had to make nine saves just in the last 20 minutes of the game.
The Lions’ Donovan Montgomery ended the scoring with just under two minutes left in the game to set the final score at 7-1.
C-L keeper Harrison Porter recorded seven saves on the day. Peters registerd seven shots on goal.
For DCC, Peck and Tristan Engle each had three shots to lead the way.
DuBois Central Catholic is back in action on Friday in a boys-girls doubleheader at Elk County Catholic. The girls will start at 4 p.m., while the boys will play the nightcap at 7 p.m.