Boys soccer: Marmion puts St Edward away in second half

Updated: September 25, 2012 9:22PM

Despite the final 5-0 tally in favor of host Marmion, even St. Edward was able to take a positive view of Tuesday’s Suburban Christian match.

The Cadets remained in the SCC title chase improving to 5-0 in league play and also boosted their season record to 9-5-2. Despite being shut out and dipping to 6-11 and 2-4, the visiting Green Wave also saw reasons for encouragement.

“We had some good chances early and eventually it showed how much talent they’ve got. There’s a reason they finished fourth in the state in 2A,” St. Edward coach Tim Brieger said in acknowledging his 1A club’s underdog status. “In several stretches we had a good showing, but they had a very nice back post goal and a very nice header which few keepers or teams could stop.”

St. Edward goalie Matt Hesch did an admirable job withstanding the Cadets’ onslaught as the Green Wave trailed by only one at intermission.

Claudio Jasso’s 37-yard blast from the middle of the field after 13:21 sailed just under the crossbar for the senior midfielder’s second strike of the year.

“I was left open and just rocked it, while I knew it was a good shot I thought it might go high, but instead it went down and in,” Jasso said.

Despite a 19-7 advantage in overall attempts for the first half — which turned into a 36-9 edge for the game including a 20-4 lead in on-target shots — Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro wasn’t happy.

“In the first half I had to take many of our starters out because they were simply not playing to the level they’re capable. We were far too impatient,” Del Toro said. “At half we talked about needing to be closer to our prime this time of the year and thankfully we started finding people in spaces during the second half and did a better job of finishing opportunities.”

With 26:55 left, Trevor Jones slipped a stellar pass to Conor Morton for a six-yarder near the right post that gave the freshman a team-best 10 goals. Just 42 seconds later, the Cadets were back on attack with sophomore Gavin Sanchez continuing his improvement in serving corner kicks as veteran Matt Switzer outleaped everyone for a five-yard header.

Junior Flynn Collins used a Jake Hutchinson assist to register his ninth goal and came close to adding to that total if not for Hesch tipping one over the crossbar and smothering another hard shot. Hesch finished with 15 saves and another seven defensive clears as Marmion also compiled a 10-1 edge for corner kicks. The Cadets’ Eddie Graham served a cross into the box with 10:21 left which became a St. Edward own goal for the final tally.

“I’d prefer not to be quite so busy,” Hesch said. “But this kind of match can definitely help us at our level for the postseason. They had a couple nice shots and I also had a couple mistakes, so I know I can play better and I’m positive we can play better as a team.”

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