ERIE - The handshake at the midfield perfectly reflected the mood of both teams. Holy Family coach Kathy Hogan was humble but happy while Erie's coach, John Vigil, was frustrated.
It was easy to understand considering the Holy Family boys soccer team walked away with a 1-0 victory over Erie on Thursday. The winning Tigers played a tight defensive game, overcame an injury and rode Cody Chavers' goal in the 11th minute to get their second straight win.
For the losing Tigers it was a step back after three straight strong efforts. Erie (1-3) didn't have the effort Vigil wanted, and he was clearly unhappy.
"We didn't even play soccer tonight," he said. "I couldn't even talk to them about anything tactically or something we can improve upon. It was just about trying to get some energy out of them."
Holy Family (2-1), on the other hand, got the effort it needed to leave with a win. Despite an injury to junior defender Tanner Biard that forced him to sit in the second half, Holy Family held Erie to four shots on goalkeeper Ryan Berry.
It wasn't until the last 10 minutes that Erie turned up the pressure trying to get the equalizer. Erie had some chances but couldn't get a clean shot on net.
"That's definitely Erie," Hogan said. "Erie and us, we go back and forth, back and forth."
It would have been 0-0 at the end had Chavers not put one in early. He scored off a pass from Rasce Engelhardt with a goal that stood up.
"We were passing it through the midfield, it went to the corner, it got to Rasce and I saw he was going to cross it in so I went to the near post and I tapped it in," Chavers said.
Holy Family had a few chances in the second half but their attack was compromised when Engelhardt moved to the backline to replace Biard.
His groin injury isn't serious, Hogan said, but with a tough schedule coming up she wanted to be cautious with him.
"We have a solid backline, which is always helpful," she said. "We just need to finish in the final third."
Vigil said his team's effort Thursday was disappointing after Tuesday's double-overtime loss to Northridge on Tuesday.
"We played great Tuesday night against a very good team," he said. "Tonight we definitely took steps backwards."
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Holy Family 1, Erie 0
At ErieHoly Family (2-1)10—1Erie (1-3)00—0
Goals (assists) —Holy Family: Cody Chavers, 11th minute (Rasce Engelhardt).
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Holy Family: Ryan Berry (80-0-4); Erie: Dylan Brown (80-1-13).