MURPHYSBORO — Two of the top soccer teams in Southern Illinois squared off in Murphysboro on Saturday afternoon, with the Carbondale Terriers getting past the Red Devils for the second time this season, 4-0, in a non-conference game.
“We’ve really been working on playing good defense,” said Carbondale coach Jeff Hansen. “We lost at Cape Notre Dame about a week and a half ago and that was a frustrating loss. We thought our defensive shape was good, but we gave up an own goal here and a counter attack goal there and we walked out of there thinking, 'How this could have happened?'
"They have some dangerous players and if you don’t have your pressure and covers they can cause problems, so I thought our guys did some good things today.”
Carbondale improved to 9-3 with its third win in a row. Murphysboro had its seven-game winning snapped, and dropped to 8-3-2.
“It was the same as the first game,” said Murphysboro coach Michael Lydy. “They are a very good defensive group and they are big. Their back guys we can’t get a ball through and they are fast enough in their midfield to neutralize our passing game. I felt very good my boys played super hard. I have a lot of hurt kids like a lot of teams when you get to this part of the season, but I don’t have as large of a roster, so trying to piecemeal games together is a bit of challenge, especially against a good team and Carbondale is a very good team.”
Carbondale goalkeeper Braulio Ostos posted his sixth shutout of the season needing to handle just two shots on goal — one in each half. Carbondale finished with eight shots on goal and forced seven corner kicks while giving up two corners to the Red Devils. Ostos lowered his goals against average to 0.681.
Senior forward Sajad Nasser scored the game-winning goal at the 3:01 mark from James Oberg for his sixth goal of the season.
“It started on the right side with Noah Guyton passing to James who passed to me as I was making a diagonal run,” Nasser said. “I cut in front of the defender and slipped to the left side of the goalie and finished there. Our defense is solid. We have pretty good guys in the back that can win the ball in there and distribute it. That’s a big advantage for us.”
Carbondale doubled its lead with 4:28 remaining in the first half on Vince Bullock’s first goal of the season with the assist going to Kenny Prabhakar.
“The ball got deflected out and Kenny was dribbling the ball and I called him off,” Bullock said. “I took it and finessed it to the back post with my left foot.”
The Terriers held the Red Devils to just one shot on goal in the first half and that was a long shot from the left side that Ostos made an easy catch on.
The second half was played mainly on the Murphysboro side of the field. The only shot on goal in the first 24 minutes came 4:49 in on a free kick by Bullock that Red Devils goalkeeper Jett Hayes made the save on.
The second shot came six seconds after Murphysboro was handed its second yellow card with 15:55 remaining on Josh Payne’s second goal of the season off another free kick from the left side.
Twenty-three seconds later, Guyton stole the ball and took a shot from the left side of the net on a severe angle that got past Hayes for his fifth goal.
Murphysboro had three scoring opportunities in the last 6:16 off the game starting with Aaron Garrett, who scored two goals in a 2-1 win over Carterville-Herrin Wednesday, taking a free kick from the right side, but his shot was blocked by the Terrier defense.
With 5:20 left, Eric Haley had his shot from in front of the net blocked by a Terrier defenseman and with 2:50 remaining, Ostos had to make a good save on Rene Acosta’s shot on a free kick from the left side to preserve the shutout.