CARBONDALE – Carbondale scored early and often eliminating Carterville/Herrin, 5-0, to successfully defend its regional title before the home crowd at the Fralish Soccer Complex at the Carbondale 2A boys soccer regional Saturday.
“It feels good,” said Carbondale coach Jeff Hansen. “It’s been since 2010 since the Terriers have hoisted the trophy on their own field. So we really wanted to do this. We’ve talked about earning that No. 1 seed down here and this is a culmination of that to get that No. 1 seed, host and win it.”
Carbondale (17-5-1) advances to the Columbia 2A Sectional and will play Waterloo Gibault (14-6-1) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Gibault won their inter-city game with Waterloo High Schoo, 1-0, in double overtime at the Bethalto Civic Memorial Regional.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Hansen said. “We get the 1A champ from two years ago and they were third last year. Our road from here on out is playing state-ranked teams, so we’ll cherish this one and get ready for Tuesday.”
The Terriers' defense held the Lions to just one first half shot on goal to help goalkeeper Braulio Ostos post his 11th shutout of the season.
“The way Chip Lennox has them playing defense, with five and seven in the back, the key is getting the first goal and early as possible, so that they have to come out,” Hansen said. “Then, getting the second goal was also big. We’re not the biggest team in the world, but we’ve got a lot of goals off of free kicks.”
The Terriers got off to a fast start when Noah Guyton scored his eighth goal of the season off an assist by Epi Melchor just 1:07 into the game.
“The play started in the middle and I called for the ball and Epi played it between two players, and then I made a cut,” Guyton said. “I was actually crossing it and it ended up floating to the back corner, so it wasn’t a shot.”
Jacob Collie scored his second career goal in as many games on the same type of play with 15:32 remaining in the first half, scoring on a free kick with the help of the Lions goalkeeper who misjudged the ball to give the Terriers a 2-0 halftime lead.
“I got help from the goalkeeper and the wind,” Collie said. “I didn’t think the ball was going to carry that far, but the wind was blowing pretty hard and it kind like floated I guess. It actually wasn’t a shot. It was kind of incidental, but it worked out for the best.”
Josh Payne scored his 11th goal of the season off a pass by Sajad Nasser for his first assist of the season at the 12:55 mark of the second half.
The Terriers upped their lead 52 seconds later on an own goal that deflected off a Lions defender.
“It was a good effort by Landon Brzoznowski,” Hansen said. “He served the ball and it got deflected back to him. He was probably about to go to the end line for a corner but he takes a shot before it rolled out.”
Carbondale’s fifth goal came with 6:15 remaining in the game, when Tanner Burke set up Jonathan Huerta for his second goal of the season. For Burke it was his first assist of the season.