CLAYTON — A mental error put Northmont behind the eight ball early Thursday night and led to an eventual 2-1 loss to Chaminade-Julienne.
Just two minutes into the match the Eagles swarmed around Northmont’s goal. Instead of trying to clear the ball away from the goal box, a Thunderbolt player attempted to dribble the ball through the box and had it stripped away. Cole Wagner put the ball into the net at the 37:42 mark to give C-J an early 1-0 lead.
That score held up at halftime.
Both teams played aggressively throughout the first half, and that trend continued when play resumed after the break. Neither team could gain the upper hand and Northmont eventually knotted the score 1-1 on a goal by Noah Teague with 28:04 left to play.
The goal capped a series of aggressive runs on the C-J goal but unfortunately would not hold up for long.
With 16:20 left Wagner scored his second goal of the night to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead, and that goal would prove to be the game winner. Northmont mounted a handful of runs at the goal but couldn’t get off a clean shot as C-J claimed the victory. It marked Northmont’s fifth loss by one goal out of nine defeats.
With the win the Eagles improved to 6-6-1 overall while the Thunderbolts fell to 4-9-1.
“We had a lot of chances tonight and had shots on goal. We probably had five shots inside 10 yards from the goal and constantly shot them over the net or around it,” said Northmont Coach Jim Oberer, who is starting to think there is a force field around the goal whenever his team takes a shot.
“I thought we executed well. We got the ball down where it needed to be,” Oberer said. “The defense played great again tonight but we had two mental errors and we got beat, and it has happened every game. It seems like we make one or two mental errors and our opponent scores on us and we can’t put the ball in the net.”
Northmont will host Centerville on Tuesday, a game Oberer would like to see plenty of fans attend to lend the Thunderbolts moral support. The Elks are 6-3-3 overall and 2-1-0 in division play while the Thunderbolts are in search of their first division win.
“We need a big crowd. I think we can beat them,” Oberer added. “They beat Beavercreek 1-0 but Beavercreek pounded them the whole game. Centerville got a set piece to score and then they boxed it in to the goal so nobody could score. Fairmont beat Centerville 1-0 and we should have beat Fairmont but lost 3-2. It seems like it’s a one goal game every time we lose. The kids fought hard tonight. The heart is there. They works their butts off and I am proud of all of them.”
Northmont goal keeper Justin Schuh thwarts a C-J scoring attempt.
Drew Mackay moves up to block a kick by C-J player Marco Espino (5) as Evan Sinnathamby (3) lends offensive support.
Chase Griesheimer (7) and Marco Espino battle for position on a throw-in.
Garrett Boeckman hits a header toward the C-J goal.
Terrel Benne races to the ball under heavy pressure from C-J defenders.
Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind