CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Though CovCath had scored 21 goals in its previous three matches entering Monday, senior Daniel Chal had been held off the scoresheet.
But he made up for his brief scoring drought on Monday as he netted two of the Colonels’ goals in a 3-0 win over St. Henry in a Region 9 quarterfinal at Dixie Heights on Monday.
“It’s been a while since he’s scored,” CovCath coach Jeremy Robertson said. “And I knew he was going to start scoring here in the tournament and get a hot hand and he definitely put some away, and some big goals.”
That gives Chal eight goals and four assists on the season.
“The past couple games, before districts I had a dry spot, so it was nice to come out and get a couple of goals, second half, have that mentality to get my confidence up before we head into Thursday, because that’s going to be a tough game,” Chal said.
The Colonels will play Tuesday’s Newport Central Catholic-Boone County winner in a Region 9 quarterfinal at Ryle at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
St. Henry fired the first shot on goal, forcing sophomore Sam Romes to make a point-blank save in the second minute.
But the Colonels controlled large portions of the match, forcing the Crusaders’ goalkeeper to make 10 saves.
Ten minutes into the first half, CovCath scored its first goal. Senior Colin Cummings centered a ball from the corner to sophomore Jacob Litzler, but the pass was behind him so he elevated his foot with his back to the goalkeeper, popping it over his head and into the net.
“(Cummings) played a perfect ball right across, and it was set perfect for me, all I had to was finish it – goalie was off his line so I just chipped it right over him,” Litzler said.
Robertson was happy with his team’s fast start.
“I thought we stepped up in the first 10 minutes and played well and got a goal,” Robertson said. “St. Henry then kind of had a little momentum at the end of the first half, and second half we concentrated on still attacking them and we got some goals from it.”
Chal had two chances leading up to his goal – he fired a shot just wide in the 52nd minute, and he sent a shot just high on a 2-on-1 three minutes later.
He did not miss on his next scoring opportunity.
Litzler sent a corner kick into the box, and Chal leapt and slammed a header downward into the net to make it 2-0 with 21:30 remaining.
Seven minutes later, senior Adam Atkinson crossed a pass to Chal in front of the net, and buried it to ice the match.
Romes needed to make just three saves to earn the shutout.
“Lately our defense has really picked up and (we) haven’t been letting many goals in, and I think that’s really helped us,” Robertson said.
In addition to Chal’s two goals, Litzler finished with a goal and an assist. Cummings and Atkinson added a helper each.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: CC—Chal 2, Litzler. SHUTOUT: Romes (3 saves). RECORDS: CovCath 12-6-3, St. Henry 6-10-2.