CLAYTON — Northmont fought hard Thursday night but made a costly blunder to score a goal (own goal) for Carroll that let the Patriots walk away with a 2-1 victory.
The own goal came off a corner kick with 24:03 left in the second half. A Northmont player attempting to help defend the goal inadvertently deflected the ball into the net for the go ahead goal.
“The own goal was an honest mistake,”said Northmont Coach John Boucuvalas. “They were putting pressure on us all night and it was hard to keep them at-bay. I had a feeling something was going to break loose.”
The Patriots took a 1-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first half. Cameron Najarian hit a head shot into the net off a cross kick to give Carroll a one goal lead at the half.
Northmont tied the game early in the second half when Mason Reidy scored on an indirect kick from 18 yards out with 37:06 remaining.
The Thunderbolts fought hard after the own goal, but Carroll’s defense kept Northmont from finding the net.
With the victory Carroll improves to 6-1-0 while Northmont falls to 3-5-1.
Despite the loss Boucuvalas felt his team did a good job against Carroll, one of the toughest teams in the Miami Valley.
“We prevented them from getting too many opportunities,” Boucuvalas said. “They are one of the best teams we have faced. We had our fair share of opportunities, but they had more confidence in front of the goal than we did. Carroll is one of the best teams in the state.”
Northmont will host Fairfield on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Garrett Boeckman defends as Carroll’s Nicholas Gross tries to get off a pass to Spencer Kreinbrink (11) or Jace Greer (17).
Brayden Haskell (2) hits a header toward the Carroll goal as Chris Okos (16) looks on.
Matthew Eilerman (8) works the ball down field with Garrett Boeckman (foreground) and Brayden Haskell pacing the play.
Drew Mackay makes a pass as Carroll defender David Austria closes in.
Garrett Boeckman defends as Mitchell Solle (3) hits a header.
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