CARROLL — Circleville’s boys soccer dropped a 5-0 decision at Bloom-Carroll Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs scored three times in a six-minute span in the first half and added a pair of goals in the second half to grab the MSL win.
“I’m proud of how hard our guys fought and how we competed tonight. One of our goals is to try to close the gap between the upper echelon teams in the MSL and Bloom-Carroll has definitely been one of the standard programs in the MSL for a long time,” Circleville coach Evan Callihan said. “Our guys competed and gave everything they had for the full 80 minutes.
“Bloom-Carroll has a lot of strength and speed as well as a lot of depth on their roster. That’s a team that is going to win a lot of games this year.
“This game didn’t go how we wanted result wise,” Callihan added, “but it’s a game that I believe made us tougher and made us better and we have to use that improvement moving forward and continue to grow. The score shows we gave up five goals but I thought our defense battled all night long and I thought our goalie Will Flory played one of his best games tonight. He had several goal saving saves and he battled with everything he had back there in goal.”
Off the field, Callihan said the team and coaches were reflecting on the passing of Sporting Pumpkin co-founder Brad Morris over the weekend.
“The Circleville men’s soccer program is thinking about the loss of Brad Morris and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time. Brad was someone that poured all he had into local sports in this community, and he made everyone feel like their program was the most important thing going on at the time,” Callihan said. “Athletics can bring a lot of ups and downs and Brad was always there to pick you up when you needed it. His articles brought sporting events to life, and they have created memories for this community that will last forever.
“As a coach, you always felt how much Brad cared about you as a person and how much he cared about your program.”