2015-03-20 / Sports

Blue Devils get “uncomfortable” win over Richland Northeast

By Tim Gochnaur


Richland Northeast’s Tobias Avila Bogarin and Dreher’s Evan Phillips battle for a loose ball. 
Photo by Chris Record, cpr-images.com Richland Northeast’s Tobias Avila Bogarin and Dreher’s Evan Phillips battle for a loose ball. Photo by Chris Record, cpr-images.com The Dreher Blue Devils sailed through the first half and fought off an early second half spurt from Richland Northeast before downing the Cavaliers 5-2 in a Region IV-3A boys’ soccer match on Tuesday, March 17 at Richland Northeast.

Dreher had three late first half goals from Kelsey Long, Winter Sharpe, and Chris Alencar, and took a 3- 0 lead to halftime. Dreher head coach Clark McCarthy was ...well...let him explain.

“I thought we played well in spurts,” the Devil skipper said. “We did not put a very consistent game together, especially defensively. We did enough to get five goals, which I will take any night in soccer.”

Tucker Smoak got the Devils their fourth goal in the 45th minute. Northeast countered one minute later with a strike from Evan Davis, and in the 50th minute, on a penalty kick from Juan Rivera-Silva. But the Devils kept the Cavs at bay, and Kelsey Long got his second goal in the 72nd minute for the final tally.


Dreher’s Victor Gadow fends off Richland Northeast’s Sean Lyons. Dreher’s Victor Gadow fends off Richland Northeast’s Sean Lyons. “RNE showed a lot of heart coming out in the second half and really got at us and put us under enough pressure to make us uncomfortable,” McCarthy said. “We had to dig out, and our boys had to fight through a little adversity and find a way through and that will be good for us going forward in this region.”

The Devils move to 5- 3 overall, 2- 0 in the region with a region date at Camden this Friday. Northeast falls to 1-2-2 overall, 0-1 in the region, with a match Wednesday at Westwood and a contest at A.C. Flora on Friday, March 20.

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