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Scotus boys roll over another foe

March 22, 2019

Three days after Scotus Central Catholic boys soccer opened the 2019 season with eight goals, the offense was clicking again with five more in the back of the net for a 5-1 win Thursday evening over Grand Island Central Catholic.

Braden Labenz and Henry Hernandez each scored twice on the night as SCC ran its winning streak over GICC to eight matches and improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Shamrocks won back-to-back games just once a year ago en route to a 5-12 season. They’ll find more out about themselves this weekend when they play in the Creighton Prep tournament on Saturday.

“We came out and we were clicking on all cylinders from the opening whistle,” coach P.J. Miller said. “We gave up a goal, got a little flustered, weren’t playing our game but settled down at halftime. We pretty much took control of the game after that.”

Labenz now has four goals on the year after also scoring twice in Monday’s win over Lakeview. Hernandez scored once on Monday and upped his total to three on Thursday. Zack Beiermann accounted for the other Scotus goal.

GICC managed its lone goal on a misplayed ball chipped over the Shamrock keeper.

“We’re shooting the ball this year. Last year we were tentative. We were waiting for that one, last perfect pass. Now, we’re getting an opening, and we’re hitting it,” Miller said.

“This weekend is going to be tough. I think they’re (Prep) the second-rated team in the state overall. They’re going to be fast and they’re going to be skilled, so therefore, we have to be disciplined.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com