Silver Creek advanced to the second round of the 4A state playoffs with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the visiting Holy Family Tigers. The Raptors scored early and were able to make it stand up despite going down to 10 men after a red card in the 51st minute.
"I wish we were able to finish off more of our chances, but considering the fact that we had to play with 10, I can't complain. They played with more heart than they have all season. Holy Family came in here with no fear and played us hard," said Silver Creek head coach Rob Johnson.
The No. 10 seed Raptors got on the board in the 13th minute with a goal from sophomore striker Jake Levin. A Silver Creek defender cleared the ball into Holy Family territory, and Levin out-muscled two Tiger defenders and knocked it past the onrushing goalkeeper and into the left side of the net.
"Our center back played it over the top, and their center back misread the header so I just ran onto it." Levin said. "I took a body, but I was able to put it into the bottom left."
No. 23 seed Holy Family had the majority of possession and chances during the game but defensively Silver Creek was solid. The Raptors were able to keep the Tigers to just five shots on goal, even after Jackson Pitts picked up a red card for a reckless challenge in the 51st minute and had to play with only 10 men.
"Defensively, our communication was good. Ander Poitras-Lazcano played great, Ross Bosley played great, the outside backs played great," Johnson said.
Silver Creek had a few chances to extend its lead, but were unable to put Holy Family away. With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Holy Family goalkeeper Ryan Berry made two saves at point-blank range off of a corner kick, and in the second half Trey Gerlach had a wide open opportunity in the box but pushed his shot wide.
It appeared that Holy Family would have a chance to tie the game after the referee blew his whistle with 22 seconds remaining and seemingly wanted to give the Tigers a penalty kick, but after conferring with the assistant referee the call was a drop ball and the ensuing Tigers' shot went wide.
Next up for Silver Creek is a second-round matchup against the winner of seventh-seeded Centaurus and 26th-seeded Thomas Jefferson. The Raptors played Centaurus to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in Northern League play. The game will take place Oct. 31.
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Silver Creek 1, Holy Family 0
At Silver Creek H.S.Holy Family 0 0 — 0
Silver Creek 1 0 — 1
Goals — Silver Creek Levin 13th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Silver Creek Coder 80-0-5, ; Holy Family Berry 80-1-2.