Sep. 16—The Washington Catholic Cardinals had three things to celebrate on Thursday —a win over a sectional opponent, a conference victory and Senior Night celebration — all courtesy of a 9-0 win over Vincennes Rivet at Rees Field. The Cards (5-1-3) were led by Bronson Bryant with three goals, as WC picked up seven second half goals, six within 19 minutes.
"We all played well. Some things we worked on in practice actually showed up here today so I'm pleased with how they did. I'm pleased with the progress and we got a little lucky meaning we don't have any injuries," said WC coach Stacy Bryant.
"We played well. I mean, I think Vincennes is a better team than what it looked like. They were more like the first half team. And then we had some luck. Luck happens in every game at every level in every sport, and we got a few lucky balls our way, but there are a lot of times you make your own luck. "
WC's Sean Babrick had two great chances in the first seven minutes of the game. Babrick and Will Bassler had a pair of chances right in front of the net 10:00 into the game, but it was Bryant, off a pass from Babrick at 27:17 that gave WC the 1-0 lead. Bryant added a second goal at 24:40 after getting the ball off a corner kick and driving it low from the left side.
Rivet only had one real opportunity in the first 21 minutes, but keeper Jack Halter handled it. Rivet did show more offensive pressure late in the first half, but WC still dominated play and went into the half with the 2-0 lead.
At 38:38 a Reid Burks shot led to a Rivet own-goal and a comfortable 3-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second half.
Bassler added a chance halfway through the second, while Babrick peppered the net with shots from deep. Bryant also nearly scored at 15:30 but it was freshman Lane Myers at 15:21 and Bryant at 15:02 who made it 5-0. Bassler picked up his first goal with 12:00 off a pass from Francisco Pascual to make in 6-0 and then Pasqual had a goal of his own to make it 7-0. Babrick added the eight goal at 4:16 to make in 8-0.
Eli Mullen capped the gam with a PK for the 9-0 final in the final :10 and invoked the mercy rule.
Seniors honored before the game were Skylar Smolek, Sean Babrick, Will Bassler, Reid Burks, Brady Hunter, Eli Mullen and Jack Halter.
WC takes on South Spencer on Saturday.