“The wife said she’d give me a kiss if I scored three” said McCarthy after the game “so I did. She’s fit, you see.”
With George Hanscom making an emotional visit to the sidelines after breaking his leg against Scorpions at Free Beer Movement, the Blues were in the mood to “win one for Boner.” Derek Thomas got the side off to a good start with a smart finish after a lovely assist from Sean Webb.
Stegman’s dominated possession and had another excellent showing from Nathan Toldt and Chris Sturdy in defense, which limited Scorpions to a few rare forays forward and no meaningful attempts on goal.
Except for one.
With the ball wide on the left, the Scorpions midfielder let fly with an arcing shot that floating into the far top corner just out of the reach of the despairing Brandon Overlie in net. And with that, the scores were level.
Angered, the Blues sharpened their approach and throttled the game. Yet it was from a handball in thebox that the next goal was created, leaving the referee no choice by to call the penalty that Tommy McCarthy duly converted.
McCarthy scored again, rampaging up the middle to be found by a visionary cross-field ball by Sean Webb. The Englishman took his time shaping to shoot and curled a lovely shot into the top corner to make it 3-1 in the first half.
Though Scorpions were able to get forward on the counter in fits and starts in the second half, the heat sapped the energy from the game and the Blues had much more of the ball and seemed content to kill the game with possession. It seemed to be drifting into an aimless last fifteen minutes when Jon Bisswurm called for the big man up top.
“We needed to hold the ball up a little bit” said the Manager afterward. “So I brought in a guy I knew could use his body, get the ball and lay it off to other attackers. The move paid off, as mine do. Manager of the Year. You heard it here first.”With Dan Hoedeman brought on to play off the last man, the attack had a focal point. Like an American Andy Carroll but with slightly more mobility and a better touch, Hoedeman combined well with Mike Logan, Rob Peichel and Paul Diegnau to carve openings in the Scoprions defense. It was Hoedeman who created the fourth goal. Good interchange with Logan down the left won a throw-in, which Logan played into the box. Hoedeman shaped to turn and was felled by the Scorpions defender for a nailed-on penalty.
“I thought about taking it myself since I could use an entry in the goals-scored column” said Hoedeman “but I didn’t want to get in Tommy [McCarthy]’s way with that kiss from his wife. I never want to get in his way about anything. He’s a big guy.”
The fifth was scored at the death, with the lively Derek Thomas sending a long ball for the tireless Daniel Warner to run on to.
The hard ground helped the ball and along and the combination of the bobbling ball and the marauding awesomeness of Warner befuddled the opposition goalkeeper and he made a hash of the save, letting the ball skip under him. Warner poked it into the net and could barely rouse a bemused celebration as the final whistle blew.
“We did what we had to do to get the win” said Bisswurm “and it sets us up for a critical match against Coon Rapids on Thursday. We know what we have to do for promotion, we know that it’s a tall ask but that we remain in control and we hope that we can make it happen. We are going to give stiff resistance to V-Hawks. We are going to stay strong for Boner.”
Stegman’s Old Boys (4-4-2): Overlie, Keeler, Toldt, Bisswurm, Sturdy, Thomas, Warner, McCarthy, Diegnau, Logan, Vo
Subs: Peichel, Hoedeman