Girard boys stop Niles, 3-1
GIRARD — The Girard Indians are crawling themselves back into the Northeast 8 Conference boys soccer race. That climb continued with a 3-1 victory over Niles (1-10-1) Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Girard went into the second half with a 2-0 lead and didn’t let up. That’s something Indians coach Harry Leith refuses to do.
“I never want to let up,” Leith said. “That’s the way we want to play, just full on attack all the time.
“Great wing play from (Connor) Repasky and (Donald) Miller. That’s what I wanted. I need the guys to crash the goal a little bit more, but all in all, I was still pleased.”
Opening the scoring for the Indians was Kevin Sobnosky who gave Girard a quick lead, scoring 12 minutes into the game.
With four minutes left in the half, Repasky scored, extending the lead to 2-0 going into the halftime break.
Despite the lead, the Indians didn’t slow their pace, keeping the shots coming and peppering the net. Leith saw plenty more scoring opportunities out of his team that just diddn’t make it to the net.
“We should have had a few more goals,” Leith said. “We played a little sloppy for a while.”
With one minute remaining in the game senior Adam Connelly scored the third and final goal for the Indians from about 20 yards out.
Niles scored its lone goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game. Junior Joe Wolfe got the ball off of a rebound into the net for the score, preventing a shutout.
With the Northeast 8 schedule in full swing, Niles looks to recover with a game at home against the Lakeview Bulldogs. Girard looks to keep the wins coming with a game in Hubbard against the undefeated Eagles, who look to be their toughest opponent yet.
“We had a tough game with Hubbard last time,” Leith said. “They beat us 1-0 here. We just have to keep cool heads, and see if we can come up with a good game plan against them. They’re a very good team.”