BC coach finds positive in defeat
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic boys soccer coach David Paronish was upbeat Tuesday night, despite seeing his Huskies season come to an end.
It took just two goals in matter of a minute in the first half before Winchester Thurston ended up routing BC, 7-0, in the PIAA Class 1A first round matchup at Tiger Stadium.
“We hadn’t been in the state playoffs in 12 years, that’s our second time ever,” Paronish said. “We were happy to be here. Can’t win them all, eventually the season ends.”
The Bears’ scoring outburst started with a crossover from Beck Buchanan and later Grant Robinson added a score of his own in a matter of just 42 seconds.
It would be about 20 minutes later before the same duo struck again, this time in reverse order and in a matter of 17 seconds to give the Bears a 4-0 halftime lead.
“That was a pretty solid start,” Winchester Thurston coach Adam Brownold said. “Everybody contributed, it was nice getting guys off the bench playing.
“I think we moved the ball pretty well. It was a nice night for our guys to work hard and do their thing.”
There was no sign of left up in the second half as Diderik-Paul Schlingemann got one on an assist from Buchanan to make it 5-0 before Oliver Daboo and Nicholas Blair finished up the scoring.
“They were the most technically proficient (team faced),” Paronish said. “Their ball control was very big, very good. We played a lot of teams with a lot of skill. We’ve lost way worse than that this year. That’s not the worst game we’ve seen.”
Brownold credits his teams possession game for keeping the Huskies off the scoreboard, successfully limiting BC’s opportunities to get back in the game.
“I told the boys I don’t want the ball going past the 50 (yard line), and just keep pushing it back in, spreading the field and pushing the box,” he said.
Bishop Carroll’s season ends with a record of 13-8 and the program’s first district title in more than a decade with three seniors set to graduate this spring.
Paronish is just thankful to say his team made it to where they did considering everything they faced on Tuesday.
“If you would’ve told me two months ago we’d be here I would’ve said eh, maybe,” he said. “It’s hard to play against that when they have that good of ball control.”
Winchester Thurston meanwhile will now move their attention to Lancaster Country Day who defeated McConnellsburg on penalty kicks.
SCORE BY HALVES
Winchester Thurston 4 3 — 7
Bishop Carroll 0 0 — 0
First Half: WT–Buchanan (unassisted), 7:42; WT — Robinson (unassisted), 8:24; WT — Robinson (unassisted), 30:48; Buchanan (unassisted), 31:05.
Second Half: WT — Schlingemann (Buchanan), 51:35; WT — Daboo (Poller-Prince), 64:49; WT — Blair (Daboo), 72:26.
Records: Winchester Thurston (19-2), Bishop Carroll (13-8).