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Trojans fall to Owls in boys soccer

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New Castle’s Eddy Yousak (10) controls the ball as Wilson Avila (13) of Muncie Burris tries to intercept it and other players from both sides move down the field during Tuesday night’s boys soccer game at Neal Field. Yousak scored two goals for the Trojans, but the visiting Owls won 4-2.
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New Castle’s Skylor Stevenson (13) battles Rahul Agarwal (10) of Muncie Burris for the ball as teammate Isaac French (22) watches during Tuesday night’s boys soccer game at Neal Field. Stevenson, who also is the placekicker for the Trojan football team, was active all night and had two shots on goal, but none went into the net as the visiting Owls won 4-2.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

After a three-week absence from Neal Field, the New Castle High School boys soccer team returned home to host Muncie Burris Tuesday night in almost-perfect weather conditions.

A couple things hurt the Trojans in the first half when they were held scoreless, and although New Castle was the aggressor after intermission, the visiting Owls walked out of Neal Field with a 4-2 victory.

The Trojans dropped to 6-4-1 for the season while Burris improved to 4-4.

New Castle had to play a man down after losing Jackson Malott to a red card in the sixth minute of the game. Malott did not inflict injury on an Owl player. He just apparently said something that one of the referees didn’t like, hence the red card.

The Trojans were the first team to push a ball into the net in the contest, but an official said the hosts were offside on the play, negating the goal.

Neither team scored for the first 22 minutes of the game. Then Bracken Carnes from Burris got near the goal with the ball and kicked it into the net at the 17:24 mark of the first half to give the Owls a 1-0 advantage.

New Castle’s Scott Loveless got a good look, but his shot went just over the goal with 15:44 left in the first half.

Just 59 seconds later, Muncie’s Sam Bartrom had the ball about 25 yards away and booted it from there. The ball floated just over the hands of Trojan goalkeeper Andrew Glover and into the net for a 2-0 Burris lead 14:45 before intermission.

New Castle controlled much of the rest of the first half but couldn’t get any balls to tickle the twine. Eddy Yousak had a shot at the 10:52 mark that sailed just over the goal. Loveless had two, one that was saved by Owls keeper Mario Cardenas at the 7:46 mark and another that was just wide left with 4:55 remaining in the first half.

Karnes had three more attempts for Burris before the first half ended at 3:07 mark (over the goal) and 1:02 mark (which was wide), and Glover had the save on a third with just five seconds remaining before intermission.

“I think we’ll learn from this loss,” New Castle Coach Tyron Rainer said. “We won’t comment on calls made on the field, we’ll work a little harder to finish plays, and we know how Burris plays if we see them in the sectional.”

It didn’t take the Trojans long to get on the board in the second half as Yousak got loose and kicked the ball past Cardenas (who had fallen down on the play) and into the net to pull the hosts to within 2-1 at the 35:51 mark.

Drew Bartrom from Burris had a free kick that was way off target at the 34:56 mark, and then New Castle’s Skylor Stevenson took a good shot that was stopped by Cardenas at the 29:32 mark.

Yousak was open on a breakaway near the right sideline, but the Owls’ Nathan Danek brought Yousak down on the play and was issued a yellow card with 24:47 remaining in the game.

The Trojans continued to press the attack in an attempt to tie. Stevenson had a shot that was stopped by Cardenas and Loveless took a shot off a pass from Stevenson that was off target at the 21:31 mark.

A Burris attempt went astray with 20:40 left and Yousak kicked the ball just wide right at the 18:40 mark.

The Owls worked the ball back to the New Castle end and Danek took a pass from Sam Bartrom and booted the ball into the net with 17:42 left in the game to put the visitors up 3-1.

That two-point lead for Muncie didn’t last long, as the Trojans’ Jarel Coatie had a free kick from about midfield and Yousak booted the ball into the goal off of it to pull the hosts to within 3-2 at the 15:02 mark with still plenty of time left to tie or win the game.

Stevenson’s shot with 13:17 remaining flew over the goal, another Trojan shot was blocked at the 12:20 mark, Sam Bartrom’s shot with 11:01 left was saved by Glover, Yousak’s apparent goal was negated by an offsides call at the 10:02 mark, and Stevenson’s shot was saved by Cardenas with 6:30 remaining.

With 5:46 remaining in the contest, Karnes took a pass from Drew Bartrom and scored on it for the final goal of the game a 4-2 lead for Burris.

In the waning minutes, Yousak’s shot was blocked with 5:30 left, Sam Bartrom pushed a shot just wide left at the 4:03 mark, Drew Bartrom was issued a yellow card 23.9 seconds before the end, and then the game was over.

New Castle had 16 total shots in the contest, eight on goal (five from Yousak, two by Stevenson, and one from Coatie). Glover had six keeper saves out of the 10 shots by the Owls that were on-goal.

The Trojans host Shelbyville Thursday in a Hoosier Heritage Conference game.