Boys Soccer Blanks Massillon in 1st Home Game on Turf
Louisville 8, Massillon 0
In the inaugural soccer game at Louisville Leopards Stadium, the Louisville Leopards didn’t disappoint. Louisville ceased the moment under the lights and with non-stop encouragement by the student section propelled to an 8-0 win over the Massillon Tigers Thursday night.
The Leopards were led by a Harrison Raub Hat Trick performance. He first scored by heading the ball into the net off a chest pass from teammate Kyle Baker sending the cheering section into a frenzy. Raub’s next goal came before halftime, when he appeared to shoot the ball between a Massillon defender’s legs and just behind their goal. Raub’s Hat trick goal came off an Austin Terra throw in from the right sideline. Raub took the throw in, dribbled a couple of yards, and tapped it home giving Louisville an 8-0 lead late.
Back in the first half, the Leopards got their second goal of the game when Corey Wilson found a loose ball in the goal box. After a fight for possession, Wilson buried it home.
Riley Groves followed Wilson with back-to-back goals. He turned a blooper in the penalty box into a score and then scored on a penalty kick after Paul Fox drew the foul in the box. The Leps would go into the break up 5-0 after Raub added another of his three goals.
The Leopards score three more goals in the second half. The first came when Fox drove the ball into the top of the net just under four minutes into the half. Fox’s goal was set up by two great passes from Baker and Groves to make it 6-nil.
Less than three minutes later Raub centered up Alex Silvestri who bounced it into the net from 12 yards out. Raub would also add his third goal of the game with 8:43 left in the game to finalize the score at 8-0 giving goalie Austin Hallas his first shutout ever.
Well, the boys soccer team has a winning streak. Before this week, Louisville soccer netted just 9 goals, in the past two games the Leopards have scored 15. A dance by Coach John Henkle and a tunnel of fans leading the soccer team out was an appropriate way to end a fantastic night for Leopards Soccer.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will travel to Lake to play the Blue Streaks on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 PM. Louisville is 0-2 all-time against the Blue Streaks losing last year at home 1-0 and in 2009 at Lake 2-0.
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