In the final tournament of the season before districts, St. Clair soccer left with the silver.
The Bulldogs (5-14) defeated Richland (8-8) 2-0 Friday to advance to the championship, where they lost Saturday to Sullivan (8-11), 2-1.
After falling behind 1-0 against Sullivan at the half, the Bulldogs got the equalizer right away during its first possession of the second half on a goal from Noah Richardson assisted by Zach Walters.
Sullivan’s second goal came on a free kick off a controversial penalty call against St. Clair where Head Coach Ted Brinker said his player was in possession with the defender behind him, yet his player was shown a yellow card.
“It was very frustrating to have the game-winning goal from a poor decision by the referee,” Brinker said. “We pushed hard to get the second one but were unable to find it. I was proud of the boys for not giving up. We have been in similar situations before where one or two goals get to us and we get off of our game. Saturday we battled and it was really good to see going into the final week of the season.”
Dakotah Romanoskie took the loss in goal for the Bulldogs.
Both of Friday’s goals against Richland were scored by TJ Griffith, assisted by Eion Gratzer and Calvin Henry.
The score could have been significantly more lopsided.
“We outplayed Richland for the majority of the game and had many scoring chances,” Brinker said. “We just missed several opportunities by only a few inches.”
Romanoskie notched the solo shutout in the net.