Flyers, Indians tie in defensive battle

Published 3:47 am Friday, September 26, 2008

If the other team doesn’t score, you don’t lose too many.

And if both teams don’t score …

That’s what happened in Wednesday’s soccer game as the St. Joseph Flyers and Lucasville Valley Indians battled to a scoreless tie.

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Playing their first game on an artificial surface, the Flyers used a stellar defensive effort to battle the Indians.

“It’s a smooth surface and creates a much faster-paced game,” said Flyers assistant coach Sissy Clyse who along with Tim Hopkins are filling in for head coach Dan Blair who is out with a broken leg.

“Our defense and Valley’s defense both deserve a lot of credit. They both played outstanding.”

Flyers’ goal keeper Joe “The Shoe” Unger turned in a strong performance with nine saves as Valley had 14 shots on goal. Conversely, the Flyers had 17 shots on goal with the Indians goalie getting 10 saves.

But the Flyers had plenty of players contribute defensively including Anthony Whaley, Joey Basedow, George McCown and Ike Palmer.

Forward Chad Harvey and left wing Payton Blair each had five shots on goal, forward Ian Simpson three, and center midfielders Caleb Blackburn and Sunni Clyse two each.

The Flyers are back on the turf Tuesday with a game at South Point.