Boys Varsity Soccer
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Redbirds outshoot Mater Dei 42-0, but settle for 0-0 tie
Pete Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alton soccer coach Nick Funk was in a, well, in a funk following Monday night’s 0-0 tie at Breese Mater Dei.
On one hand, his Redbirds had outshot Mater Dei 42-0 and created numerous scoring chances. But on the other hand, AHS had just been shut out. Mater Dei dodged the bullet, thanks to Knights goalie Justin Fritch and his best friend, the goal posts and crossbar.
“I’m not quite sure what just happened,” Funk said. “I’ve never coached a game in which a team, mine or the other team, took 42 shots. Tonight we accomplished that. However, we went 0-42 at putting one in the goal.”
Alton managed to hit each goal post and the crossbar twice.
To be fair, not all the Redbirds’ shots were on goal. That number was 16 – and Fritch had 16 saves.
The Redbirds had 21 shots in each half, with nine on goal in the first half and seven in the second half. They had an 8-0 corner kick advantage.
“We dominated possession and the play of the game,” Funk said. “It just never went in.
“(Fitch) made about four or five tough saves. Other than that we sprayed the shots almost everywhere around the goal to no avail.”
The tie leaves Alton at 3-2-2. The Knights are 3-2-2.
Funk said there were positives to draw from the game.
“We controlled play and moved the ball very well,” he said. “It was definitely our game. I guess tonight it just wasn’t meant to be.”