Bishop LeBlond didn’t need long to pull ahead of Benton at Eagle Stadium on Monday.
A goal in the first minute by junior Owen Jungbluth ultimately wasn’t the deciding factor, though. Benton scored the equalizer midway through the first half before the game remained tied for almost 30 minutes.
Then, Golden Eagles forward Kohen Sumpter broke through, sending the ball into the net in the 63rd minute. It secured LeBlond a 2-1 win.
“We had lots of good opportunities,” LeBlond coach Perrin Jungbluth said. “Their goalie is excellent, and he made some great saves. We were fortunate to just keep plugging away and finally we were able to put one in.”
LeBlond’s offense kept control of the ball for most of the game, constantly finding ways to get the ball downfield. Several times, the Eagles (6-6) fired shots, but Cardinals (8-6) sophomore goalkeeper Ethan Colwell prevented most from falling in. He had 10 saves on the day.
Benton coach Joey Hendrix has been impressed with Colwell over the last four games, even though the Cardinals have come up with a win just once.
“I think he’s played his best four games,” Hendrix said. “He’s getting hot at the right time. We just need the rest of the team to follow suit.”
LeBlond sophomore goalkeeper Bradeyn Dawson had two saves, speaking to the lack of threats the Eagles gave the Cardinals.
Hendrix mentioned pressure from LeBlond junior defender Luke Metcalf was a large part in stopping Benton from advancing towards the Eagles’ goal.
“Number 10 (Metcalf), he’s all over the place,” Hendrix said. “We were wanting to work on getting it outside maybe forcing him to commit one way or the other. For whatever reason we just tried to keep sending it down the middle.”
LeBlond gained control in the first seconds and immediately sent the ball toward the net. Both teams fought for control of the ball until Jungbluth sent the ball right past Colwell to take a 1-0 lead.
A corner kick by junior Jawid Alemi gave Benton a chance in the 28th minute. Sophomore Taten Piepergerdes then headed it in to equalize the game. The stayed tied heading into halftime.
“We came out energized and took advantage of it,” Jungbluth said. We knew Benton would come back and they certainly did. After the first half, it was anyone’s game.”
Sumpter broke the tie 13 minutes into the second half. It came following a flip throw by Owen Jungbluth.
“Owen had a nice throw with the flip,” Sumpter said. “I just kind of came in from the back right-footed and just hit it in.”
The win puts LeBlond back at .500 on the year. They have won three games in a row.
“I think we’ve found a good combination lately,” Perrin Jungbluth said. “We’re playing some of our best soccer of the year and hopefully we can keep it going as we get closer to districts.”
The Golden Eagles head to Cameron for a match with the Dragons at 5 p.m. Benton hosts Maur Hill Mount Academy at 4:30 p.m.