Steubenville Boys Get Victory Over St. Clairsville, 4-0
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Entering Saturday afternoon’s Class 4A championship game, Steubenville owned 113 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships.
For the first time since 2013, Big Red is making room for another trophy in boys soccer.
Steubenville jumped out to a 3-0 lead on third-seeded and host St. Clairsville in the first half and never looked back en route to a 4-0 victory before a good crowd at Red Devil Stadium.
“It feels good to finish one of these out,” Big Red coach Greg Bowers said. “We’d won some regular-season (championships) and we’ve lost in the title game a few times in this format, so hats off to our seniors for making it happen.”
It was Steubenville’s senior class — all 11 of them — that proved to be the difference as they defeated the Red Devils for the second time this season.
“It’s a great group of kids and good group of soccer players,” Bowers said. “We’re very excited about what they’ve given to the program.”
St. Clairsville coach Gary Watt simply gave credit where credit was due. And that was to Big Red, which seemingly played the entire game in their end of the field.
“We have a pretty inexperienced offensive side of our team and they were battling against an experienced team,” Watt said.
“That’s what you get. Steubenville looked like they were more experienced. It might be hard to believe, but we played better (Saturday) than we did in the first game with them, but when you have a senior-loaded team that’s played together for a long time, it’s tough to compete with that.”
Steubenville didn’t waste much time in staking claim to the lead. Just 6:10 into the contest, Big Red found the back of the net. Senior Joseph Venditti tallied.
From there, Big Red had several opportunities, but St. Clairsville’s Ryan Davenport played tough in the net. However, Evan Naylor snuck a ball past the St. C. keeper with 21:30 to go in the first half.
Just a few minutes later, Big Red had made it 3-0 when Adam DiCarlo took a feed from Justice Slappy for the goal.
A little more than 10 minutes into the second half, Steubenville made it a 4-0 game when Alex Eroshevich scored.
“I thought we possessed the ball well, but I wish we would have finished a few more early, but as long as we had the ball, they couldn’t score,” Bowers said. “We did a good job, though, of finishing this one out.”