The Marvin Ridge Mavericks and the Charlotte Catholic Cougars both came into Tuesday’s non-conference rivalry soccer match undefeated. Chances in this game were plentiful but goals were not.
Scoreless in the 74th minute, the Mavericks’ Bailey Frederick broke the deadlock and scored the winning goal to give Marvin Ridge a 1-0 victory over the Cougars at Catholic.
“I knew as one of the seniors I had to step up and do my part,” Frederick said. “We’ve played them (Catholic) a lot the past few years, and it’s always been good competition. I knew coming in that this was going to be one of our tougher games.”
Late in the game one figured that a fortunate bounce for one of the teams would win it. The Mavericks got that bounce with six minutes left. A long Marvin Ridge shot from 35-yards out by Bobby Muir bounced off a Catholic defender and ended up right in front of Frederick. The senior forward settled the ball perfectly and blasted a well-placed shot from just outside the box that Cougars’ goalkeeper Austin Schwartz had no chance to stop.
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“I told the guys it will come down to the team that makes the fewest mistakes in the back,” Marvin Ridge coach Jason Zak said. “We work on volleys, and he (Frederick) just hit a dirty ball (meaning perfect shot) that was awesome. It was a great game, back and forth.”
Quote: “For us this was the first real test of the season, nothing against the two teams we’ve already played. This was the first game I knew coming in that we were going to be tested and pushed. They were a quality team. When we look back on this in two to three weeks we’re going to realize that this was a real nice building block for us.” Catholic coach Oscar Del Pino.
Worth Mentioning: Frederick finished the match with a game-high three shots on goal. … The Cougars outshot Marvin Ridge 11-8. … Swartz finished with two saves for Catholic, while Mavericks goalkeeper Nic Anderko had four.
Records: Marvin Ridge (2-0-3), Charlotte Catholic (2-1)
What’s next: Marvin Ridge hosts Providence Day next Tuesday, while Catholic plays Thursday at Butler.