Patriots overcome Bulldogs 3-1 in conference match-up

Ryan Howe smacks an apparent goal into the net. (Ron Morris)
Ryan Howe and Ro Bik Lian matriculating ball downfield. (Ron Morris)
Indy’s Jose Menjivar in action. (Ron Morris)
Ro Bik Lian shoots and scores. (Ron Morris)
Patriots Johnny Mwembya in action. (Ron Morris)

The Independence High School Patriots defeated the Bulldogs from Butler 3-1 in a key conference varsity men’s soccer match on Wednesday night at home.

The Bulldogs entered the game 2-1 in the conference and 7-4 overall. While the Patriots entering the game were 1-2 in the conference and needed this important win. The team is now 2-2 in the conference with the victory and improved their overall record to 4-6 on the season.

This was a very physical game as both teams had their emotions running high in this intense rivalry. Independence had 9 fouls in the contest while Butler committed 17 fouls throughout the match.

The Bulldogs tried to take charge in the opening minutes by applying a lot of pressure at midfield and on the Indy defense by attacking with their forwards and beating the home team to the ball with a physical style of play. However, after the initial onslaught in the first twelve minutes of competition, the Patriots managed to begin to take control of the contest. Their crisp passing and speed on the wings started to take a toll on the Butler defenders generating many more shot opportunities. In fact, 27:00 minutes into the game it appeared Ryan Howe had scored the first goal for Indy, but it was nullified on an offside call by the official.

Then suddenly with 3:47 remaining in a scoreless first half, senior Sundio Reh would drill a hard smash from just outside the box past the goalkeeper to put the Patriots on top 1-0 in the first half. Independence had taken 12 shots of which 9 were shots on goal, while the visitors had only 5 shots and 3 on goal mostly during their early run.

After the intermission, in the second half the Patriots would score again with 33:01 remaining on the scoreboard clock to take a more comfortable 2-0 advantage. Junior Ro Bik Lian scored on a nice shot that sailed past the diving goalkeeper, with the assist going to Jose Menjivar whose set-up pass was perfectly placed for Lian to deliver the teams second goal.

Independence would commit a foul inside the box midway through the half, this created a penalty shot from close distance with a high percentage shot in front of the net, Jordani Martinez, would drill a shot past Indy freshman goalkeeper Daniel Locklear to register Butlers only goal of the match.

After the teams continued their physical play up and down the field, a sudden breakaway down the right side at approximately 9:00 minutes remaining in the contest, Ro Bik Lian would score his second goal of the match on a shot into the right corner past the goalkeeper to give the home team a 3-1 lead.

Meanwhile, the Patriots goalkeeper Locklear made 5 saves in the second half on six shots taken by the Bulldogs to frustrate their scoring opportunities and maintain the 2 goal advantage and huge rivalry win for the Patriots.

The Patriots next game will be at home when they take on the Garinger Wildcats on Monday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. at home. On October 2nd, they will play another local rival the Rocky River Ravens in two upcoming important conference match-ups.

Team                    1st Half            2nd Half      Final Score 

Bulldogs                    0                      1                 1

Patriots                     1                      2                 3

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Ed Berti
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