Redbank’s Monteleone stymies rival Gremlins
KARNS CITY – Yankees-Red Sox.
Karns City-Redbank Valley.
The Gremlins and Bulldogs are just one of the big rivalries that seem bring out the best in players on the field, no matter the sport.
And that continued Tuesday night on the soccer field as the Gremlins totally dominated the play on the field but Bulldogs freshman keeper Giuseppe “Joey” Monteleone played even better as they ended in a 0-0 double overtime tie.
“He is a phenomenal kid,” Redbank Valley head coach Gerg Campbell said. “I can’t say enough. He saved it.”
“I’ve never really played that good,” Monteleone said. “It was like a break through game for me.”
Monteleone made 19 saves in the game and quite a few quality stops, especially late.
“He played a great game,” Karns City head coach Roy Parker said of Monteleone. “He put it to us. I give all the credit in the world to them and their goalie.”
Monteleone’s biggest save came with five minutes left in the first overtime when he absolutely robbed Andrew Harmon on a great diving play.
“That was the game right there,” Parker said.
The Gremlins played most of the game in the offensive zone and have numerous scoring chances but the Bulldogs’ defense would bend but not break.
With five minutes left in regulation, Nathan Knox missed high on a direct kick from about 25 yards out. Three minutes later, Redbank Valley would see some good fortune when Mike Ryan slipped inside the box on another great chance.
“We have to learn how to finish,” Parker said. “You just don’t find that many kids that can finish. We are going to find one out of this bunch. The chances were well constructed. Built well. As long as I have them doing the things, chances look good.”
“We dodge a bullet big time,” Campbell said. “I think we were rushing the ball, especially towards the end. When that happens, you usually miss.”
And miss the Bulldogs did.
They had some good scoring chances but just couldn’t find the net, or shot anywhere near the net.
Salvatore Monteleone shot a ball wide from the top of the penalty box with three minutes left in regulation.
“We need to work on shooting,” Campbell said. “We didn’t do a good job controlling ball possession.”
Campbell had a stretch during the second half where Karns City was on the offensive attack for nearly 14 straight minutes.
“When you have six freshman and four sophomores out there, it is tough,” Campbell said. “They are just learning the ropes. They played their hearts out.”