GLASGOW Salesianum soccer coach Scott Mosier didn’t like the way his starters were playing 25 minutes into Tuesday night’s game against Caravel.
So he replaced them. All at the same time – everyone but the goalkeeper.
“That was to send a message to the first guys,” Mosier said. “We have 22 strong players.”
The 10 replacements held the fort for the rest of a scoreless first half. Then the starters returned after halftime with renewed focus and enthusiasm and produced a 3-0 victory over the Buccaneers at Bob Peoples Stadium.
“High school sports, that little bit of pop, that little bit of energy on the field is very helpful,” Mosier said. “It was tonight. That was the key to the game, I thought.”
The matchup between the two defending state champions and current top-ranked teams in Division I and Division II was evenly played in the first half. Caravel (1-1) had the best scoring opportunity, as Matthew Sengphachanh hit the crossbar with a 20-yard blast in the 11th minute.
Both teams missed a quality chance early in the second half, as Sallies’ Jason Blackwell whistled a nice entry from Brendan Hanrahan just wide in the 49th minute, and Sengphachanh rolled a hard shot across the goal mouth three minutes later.
Then the Sals’ rested starters finally took control. Hanrahan fed Tyler Morris for a breakaway in the 57th minute, and he powered it across to a streaking Trevor Clare for a 1-0 lead.
“Tyler Morris played really well tonight,” Clare said. “I knew I had to whip around really quick and just tap it in. It was an easy goal.”
Salesianum (1-0-1) doubled the margin in the 63rd minute. Ryan Sholes sent in a free kick from 45 yards out, and the ball deflected out of a scrum right to Blackwell. The junior blasted it in with an acrobatic shot off his right foot.
“We wanted to get the ball in against the goalie, and I just looked to crash the goalie,” Blackwell said. “The ball popped out to me, I decided to kick it and it went in. It was fun.”
The Buccaneers had another chance in the 73rd minute, only to send a free kick just over the crossbar. Then the Sals’ Gavin Ford scored on a breakaway three minutes later.
Next up for Salesianum is a three-day trip to Kentucky, where the Sals will play at St. Xavier on Thursday and go against Trinity – which is ranked 19th nationally in the latest USA Today/NSCAA rankings – on Saturday. In between, the team will watch Sallies graduates Ben Lundgaard and Dylan Huber play for Virginia Tech at Louisville on Friday night.
As they head south, the Sals’ starters will know if they don’t meet Mosier’s standards, there will be 10 eager players waiting for their chance.
“We weren’t expecting it, obviously,” Blackwell said of the mass substitution. “It sent a message to our team that we need to work harder, and that the second-teamers can do just as well as we can.”
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Salesianum 3, Caravel 0
Salesianum 0 3 – 3
Caravel 0 0 – 0
Second half – Clare (Morris), S, 57:00; Blackwell, S, 63:00; Ford, S, 76:00.
Shots – S 9, C 4. Saves – S 2 (Campbell), C 4 (Corbitt). Corner kicks – S 6, C 2.