STEUBENVILLE - When you're playing with just 11 players it's important to get off to a quick start.
That's exactly what Beaver Local did on its way to a 7-0 defeat of Indian Creek Wednesday in Division II sectional play at Harding Stadium.
The Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the game's first 12 minutes and never looked back from there.
Beaver Local’s DeShawn Parker (right) controls possession as Indian Creek’s Anthony Young applies some pressures. (Photo by Fred Younce)
"That's what I told the kids we needed," said Beaver Local head coach Mike Hilliard. "We scrimmaged this team in our first scrimmage of the year and we tied them 1-1.
"I know how we are capable of playing, and he knew
we would have to come out quickly and play that way because the longer we let them stay in the game the more confident they were going to get."
DeShawn Parker knocked home a crossing pass from Brian Jackson at 34:02 of the first half to get the scoring started. Just over four minutes later Chase Hilliard put an Austin Taylor pass in the back of the net, and a about a minute and a half after that Hilliard set up Joe Sitarik for a goal to make the score 3-0.
"We just didn't come out with the same intensity we started with on Monday," said Indian Creek head coach Jonathan Hoover. "Real sluggish at the start and credit to Beaver Local they came out hard and aggressive for only having 11 men.
"They played a very high tempo game that we had trouble keeping up with. I just think the intensity level was the main difference."
Beaver Local put more distance between them and the Redskins later in the first half as Hilliard put in a Garrett Speelman assist and Brian Jackson scored on a free kick from about 45 yards out to make the score 5-0 at halftime.
All doubt was put to rest just over two minutes into the second half when Parker scored his second goal on Taylor's second assist. Taylor added one more score on a Brandon Fetty assist to set the final score at 7-0.
Fetty tended goal in the first half for the Beavers, saving five shots. Hilliard took over in the second half with five more saves, including stopping a penalty kick with in the game's 27th minute.
Redskins goalie Zach Barker had five saves in the loss.
Indian Creek's season came to an end with the defeat.
"Absolutely proud of this senior class," said Hoover. "They won the first sectional game in eight years for the high school.
"I'm proud of every single one of them. Ian Gambill, Jared Conn, Taylor Koos, James Travis, Shane Johnston, Anthony Young, Cody Shanely, Paul Stephen, and Matthew Barker all worked hard for us.
"I'm just proud of each and every one of them for the work they put in from February until now. I'm just real happy with that."
Beaver Local advances to the Ohio Division II sectional co-final against Big Red Saturday at 1 p.m.
"It's going to be a very good game," said Hilliard. "They have speed up top. From what I've seen of their goalie it's going to be hard to put it past him.
"Our offense is up to the challenge and I think our defense can match up with Steubenville's speed."