2017-10-11 / Sports

Bobcats roll past Saints, 4-1

Richmond boys soccer remains unbeaten (12-0)
BY ERIC MAXIM
The Times Record


RICHMOND’S MATT RINES (2) works around the defense of St. Dom’s Alex Roy (9) during a boys high school soccer game in Richmond on Tuesday. The host Bobcats rolled to a 4-1 win for a perfect 12-0 mark. 
ERIIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD RICHMOND’S MATT RINES (2) works around the defense of St. Dom’s Alex Roy (9) during a boys high school soccer game in Richmond on Tuesday. The host Bobcats rolled to a 4-1 win for a perfect 12-0 mark. ERIIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD RICHMOND

The Richmond High School boys soccer team trailed St. Dom’s 1-0 midway through the first half. Coach Peter Gardner was OK with that. What he saw transpire over the remaining 50 minutes was what impressed him the most.

The Bobcats scored four unanswered goals, including three from Zach Small, to notch their 12th win of the season as they defeated the visiting Saints, 4-1, in a non-conference matchup.

“This is the second time someone has scored first on us. What I like about this group of kids is that they don’t back off,” said Gardner.

St. Dom’s got in the scoring column with under 22 minutes remaining in the first half. Forward Michee Kikobo dribbled along the back line through and around the Bobcat defense towards the net. Once past three Richmond players, the sophomore footed the ball inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.


NATE KENDRICK (9) OF RICHMOND looks ahead while trying to avoid St. Dom’s Fransisco Redondo. 
ERIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD NATE KENDRICK (9) OF RICHMOND looks ahead while trying to avoid St. Dom’s Fransisco Redondo. ERIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD “It was exceptionally important that we score that first goal,” said St. Dom’s coach Marty Bressler. “We had talked about it, but we let down a little bit after that.”

“Our defense was down a little that he scored, but that was a good move,” said Gardner. “I figured though, the way they scored, I was like ‘OK’ it’s not like they’re dominating us right now.”

It took less than two minutes for Richmond to answer. Having already sent a couple shots towards the net, but not on target, Small took a Matt Rines pass and fired into the net to tie the game.

“That was a key goal,” said Small. “If it wasn’t for Matt Rines today, I would not have scored three goals.”

“Rines works hard. He’s something else no matter how many men they put on him,” added Gardner. “Once they put someone on him, he’s able to pass it off and include others in our offense.”

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Richmond did not let up the pressure. With 17:20 remaining, Rines tapped a pass to Andrew Vachon in front of the net. Vachon shot and hit the left post. Saints keeper Bryton Kieltyka was unable to secure the ball and Vachon tapped it back to Rines. The senior blasted a shot into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.

Neither team had any real scoring threats to close out the half and the score remained 2-1 at the intermission. Richmond outshot St. Dom’s, 11-4 while controlling the midfield, primarily winning the 50-50 balls.

“The defense is doing a heck of a job. We’ve been rotating them to keep them fresh,” said Gardner. “They communicate well and work the field well together.”

“They hustled today and out-played us,” said Bressler.” “That’s a hall of fame coach over there and his team came to play today.”

The Bobcats again wasted no time putting pressure on St. Dom’s. Nate Kendrick and Nicholas Adams did the pushing for Richmond as they put the Saints back on their heels. After a St. Dom’s infraction, Small nearly got his second goal off a direct kick, but fresh into the game in the second half, Matt Gosselin made the save to keep the score at one goal.

Winning another ball at midfield, Richmond came right back down the field. Small got in front of the net and kicked two shots at point-blank range. Gosselin came up big, making a pair of saves, but the third time was a charm for Small. Picking up the rebound off Gosselin, Small pushed the ball across the goal line for his second goal of the game and a 3-1 Bobcats lead.

St. Dom’s threatened with 28:35 left when the Saints took their first corner of the contest, putting the ball on net. Bobcats goalie Trystin Shea came out into traffic to make one of his two saves on the day.

Small tallied his third goal when Rines again set up the senior for the score, giving Richmond a commanding 4- 1 lead.

“Number 12 (Small) is an all-star. His passion and his skill were unmatched,” said Bressler. “He was the best player on the field today and we had no answer for that.”

“Zach has been converted from a goalie. His leadership and passion as an athlete are tremendous,” said Gardner.

Richmond suffocated the St. Dom’s offense the remainder of the way, holding the Saints to two shots on goal in the second half. The Bobcats outshot the Saints, 24-8. Kieltyka made two saves in the first half, while Gosselin turned away five in the final frame.

“We a more mature team this year than we have been in the past,” said Small. “I think our senior leadership has stepped up.”

“Our three captains (Small, Rines and Kendrick) have been great this year,” added Gardner.

Richmond travels to Bingham to take on the Valley Cavaliers today at 4 p.m.

Richmond 4, St. Dom’s 1

At Richmond

St. Dom’s 1 0 1
Richmond 2 2 4

Goals — (SD) Michee Kikobo, (R) Zach Small 3, Matt Rines. Assists — (R) Matt Rines 2, Andrew Vachon. Shots — Richmond 24, St. Dom’s 8. Saves — (SD) Bryton Kieltyka 2, Matt Gosselin 5, (R) Trystin Shea 2. Corner kicks — Richmond 5, St. Dom’s 1. Records — Richmond 12-0, St. Dom’s 3-8. Up next for the Bobcats — Today at Valley at 4 p.m.

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