Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Trinity Lutheran freshman Bobby Tabeling, left, tries to move the ball past Salem's Cheyce Thomas during Thursday's sectional championship match at Charlestown. Salem won 1-0.
Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Trinity Lutheran junior Stone Riddle, right, dribbles around junior teammate Rob Setty during Thursday's sectional championship match against Salem at Charlestown. Salem won 1-0.
The regular-season matchup between the Trinity Lutheran and Salem boys soccer teams was a one-goal game, favoring Trinity 3-2.
So the Class A Sectional 59 championship match Thursday featuring the two teams was bound to be a good one. It ended up being a one-goal game again, and Salem got revenge with a 1-0 victory.
Trinity found itself playing more defense than offense early in the match. Just past the 29-minute mark, Salem got the ball behind the Trinity defense, and Lions senior Dustin Day dribbled toward the goal and kicked the ball past goalkeeper Mitch Noelker for a 1-0 lead.
From there, Trinity made an adjustment to get better offensive opportunities, but neither team was able to put the ball in the net.
“With about 15 minutes left in the first half, we made an adjustment,” Cougars coach Justin Vorthmann said. “We figured out that (the Lions) were getting too much possession in the middle. So we switched from our usual 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2, and then after that, for the rest of the first half, we had more of the ball than they did.”
The Cougars continued with that formation in the second half. They ended up outshooting the Lions in the game 14-9.
“We had a majority of the ball in the second half, too. So I think that was a good thing for us, and that gave us the best shot,” Vorthmann said. “Once we got the midfield possession a little bit better, that’s when we had our opportunities. It still would have been helpful to take a little bit more advantage of those opportunities we did have. We lost a couple balls out of bounds and things like that.”
The game was physical, as six yellow cards were issued, four of which were called on the Lions.
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