Whenever District 6-I rivals Mount Carmel and Dominican meet on the soccer field, it’s a battle.
Tuesday’s game was no exception as the Cubs came out on top.
Kyler Fisk’s goal late in the first half was the difference as Mount Carmel earned a physical 1-0 win at Pan American Stadium.
“When these two teams play, you throw everything out the window, and we just go at it,” Mount Carmel coach Pavlos Petrou said. “We could have done some things better, but we were able to combine a few times. In the second half, they crowded the middle, so it was a just a battle. It was a good game overall. I’m very happy with the win.”
The teams played to a scoreless draw in early December, and the rematch of Top 10 teams in the latest LHSAA power rankings didn’t disappoint as No. 2 Mount Carmel dominated possession early before No. 10 Dominican nearly took the first-half lead.
The first Dominican chance came in the 25th minute off a corner as Taylor Stansberry’s shot in the box was pushed aside by keeper Sam Bourgeois.
Just two minutes later, Marcelle Kepper sent her shot just wide of the post into the side netting.
The Cubs (11-0-6) took the lead in the 35th minute as they connected from the midfield into the final third when Giselle Aguilera started the play near midfield, and Fisk gathered a nice though ball, dribbled around the keeper and scored.
“We were just under a lot of pressure, and we finally got a breakthrough,” Fisk said. “I was able to capitalize on it, and it worked out in our favor. This match is always hard fought. Both teams put in their effort, and we came out on top.”
Both teams had chances in the second half as Mount Carmel’s Maddy Murret missed a shot in the box in the 65th minute. Dominican (8-8-5) followed with a trio of corners, but all were cleared away. Dominican’s best chance came in the 76th minute as Kepper’s 30-yard free kick just cleared the crossbar, and the Cubs held on.
Dominican coach Al Silvas said his team played well.
“I thought game-wise it was what we wanted to do,” he said. “We were able to limit their chances in dangerous areas. We were maybe a pass away from getting behind them on their end. It was just a typical Dominican/Mount Carmel game. It was back and forth, and both teams fought hard.”