Bishop Ireton’s boys soccer team hadn’t strung together consecutive wins in the WCAC in more than 3 years, but a determined squad went into Kline Stadium Friday and overcame a 2-goal deficit enroute to a 3-2 win over Good Counsel to give them back-to-back wins in conference play. The Cardinals hope to stretch the streak to three when they play the conference finale at Bishop McNamara on Tuesday.
The game, delayed by weather, got off on the wrong foot for the Cardinals, who misplayed a pass on the opening whistle into a breakaway goal with only 14 seconds gone in the contest. Good Counsel added to the lead not long afterwards and quickly the visiting redbirds were staring a 2-0 deficit in the face.
These Cardinals wouldn’t fold, however, and freshman Joey Faddoul got Bishop Ireton on the board with his second goal in as many games. A redirected shot to junior Kyle Delaney resulted in a header that found the net and suddenly Ireton had rebounded to tie the game by the halftime intermission, setting up the drama ahead in the final half of play.
As the squads battled through the final 40 minutes, Good Counsel appeared to get a huge break when a penalty kick was awarded around the 20 minute mark. As the Ireton faithful watched nervously, junior goalkeeper Andrew Perham came up with a huge save, deflecting the kick wide of the net to keep the game knotted at 2.
The spectacular save buoyed the Cardinals with new life and senior Mori Diane took the visitors’ fate on his shoulders with little more than 3 minutes remaining in the game with a series of thrilling moves to split the defense and bury the ball deep the Falcons net with the game winner. Good Counsel pressed their attack but the Ireton defense was up to the task and preserved the hard fought road win.
Ireton improves to 6-7 on the season 3-5 in the WCAC with a date with the Mustangs on the road to end the conference regular season and a non conference senior day final game on Friday with Middleburg Academy. Senior day activities will precede the 4:3opm varsity-only contest. The JV will complete their season on Tuesday when they tangle with the Mustangs.