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BOYS SOCCER: Stoney Creek shuts out U-of-D Jesuit behind strong defense

ROCHESTER HILLS – The Stoney Creek Cougars got two goals from Griffon Dean to defeat the University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs 2-0 in boys soccer Friday night.

Dean staked the Cougars to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Tom Karbon threaded a ball behind the Cubs defense. Dean got on the end of it, rounded the charging goal keeper, and scored into the empty net on the only shot on goal for Stoney Creek in the first half.

In fact, neither team had much offense in the first half as both teams had players creeping into the midfield to help out. The resulting congestion left both teams struggling to create offensive chances.

“There was definitely a lot of traffic in the middle third of the field in the first half, and we had to clean some of that out in the second half,” Cougars head coach Adam Bican said.

With Nick Lamping, Timmy Dolan, and Christian Pederson leading the way, the Cubs were able to maintain more possession in the first half, but they couldn’t turn that possession into shots as the Stoney Creek defense of Blake Garavaglia, John Carson, Drew Shea, and Alec Tayloe put the clamps on from the start and never really gave Jesuit much chance to get going. The Cougar defense had a lot of loose balls in the box to deal with and acquitted themselves well on the night – winning a majority and cutting of the shooting lanes when they couldn’t get to the ball.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate this year to have guys that are dedicated to playing defense,” Bican said. “We do like to send them forward, but at the same time, they know their first priority and they do it well. They play with a lot of passion back there, and I’m very proud of them.”

Dean’s second goal of the game, set up by Jack Lucci, provided the Cougars with a bit of breathing room midway through the second half and ultimately completed the scoring.

In general, the second half was a bit more offensive minded, but even then, the defenses ruled the day with the Cubs finishing with just four shots on goal for the game. Not to be out done, Peter Czajkowski, Drew Rozman, and the rest of the UD Jesuit defense held Stoney Creek to just five shots on goal.

“Stoney’s group is very effective when they get the scoring opportunites,” Cubs head coach Kevin Tuite said. “Our defense is pretty solid. They get a good test on a regular basis. I would say our goalkeeper (Nathan Sier) is one of the top three in the state, so it’s a good match up. When those guys play well, they’re pretty hard to beat. But tonight, four chances, two in the back of the net. Stoney didn’t waste their opportunities. They were efficient with them.”

In the end, both coaches were happy to get in a good test as they get ready to head back into league play next week.

“U of D is a very good Catholic League team. They’re very, very well coached, and we knew that playing back to back nights we’d have our hands full this evening. I thought the boys really showed up and represented Stoney Creek well,” Bican said. “I’m really happy with the way both teams played. U of D is a good team. Again, they’re well coached, and they play with class,” he added. “I loved having them here, and if we played them again it might be different.”

“We played one of the faster front lines that we’ve seen all year. I think today Stoney played probably the best soccer that we’ve seen this season. We’ve seen some other teams that have played well, but tonight they were on. They finished their opportunities. We didn’t finish our opportunities,” Tuite said. “It was good test to keep us in shape for Catholic League.”

Both teams will resume league play early next week with Stoney Creek (8-2-3) hosting Rochester in a key OAA Red match on Tuesday, while the Cubs (7-4-1) travel to Brother Rice on Monday in Catholic League action.

Last Updated: 9/26/2013 4:44:48 PM EST

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