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  • Prep Soccer: Bulldogs pick up pair of wins over weekend

  • Harrisburg caps off Metro East Lutheran Tournament with 3-1 mark
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  • The Harrisburg High School boys’ soccer team closed out the weekend with a pair of wins in the Metro East Lutheran Tournament as the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 on the season.
    On Saturday, Harrisburg edged Mater Dei 1-0 as Anfernee Houston had the Bulldogs’ lone goal, coming in the second half, off an assist from Carver Gregg.
    The momentum turned in Harrisburg’s favor at the 49:00 of play when Gregg found Houston up the middle of the field. It’s was a score that HHS head coach Mike Stewart said his team desperately needed.
    “The heat was a major factor for both teams,” Stewart said. “The first half was very sluggish by both teams. The winner was going to be the team that put the mark up first.”
    Harrisburg finished with nine shots on goal as Cody Morris, Emil Loe, Sam Rodgers and Houston all had two. James Curtis finished with one.
    Ryan Cowsert made eight saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
    “I was very proud of Cowsert and the PK he saved,” Stewart said. “He took his time, was confident in what he needed to do and stayed focused. By him saving that penalty kick, put air back in our sail and our guys were able to hang on for the win. It is truly enjoyable to watch the things we work on in practice come together in the game.”
    Harrisburg vs. Valmeyer
    The Bulldogs got a pair of first half goals from Curtis, who finished with three, in a 7-1 victory over Valmeyer Friday.
    Curtis and Harrisburg took a 2-1 lead into the second half where the Bulldogs blew the match wide open.
    Getting in on the action was Gregg with two goals, Loe and Morris.
    For their efforts, Harrisburg put up 30 shots on goal against Valmeyer and Curtis and Gregg each had six shots, while Morris finished with four.
    Braden McConnell and Loe each had three shots on goal, while Rodgers finished with two. Ryan Collins, Brandon Duffield, Ryan Collins, Chandler Bowling, Eli Questelle and Houston all had one.
    Cowsert had five saves in goal for Harrisburg, picking up his third straight win of the season.
    “We started off a little sluggish,” Stewart said. “We finally found our groove when Curtis put us on the board. We haven’t quite gelled yet, but we are close. We still need some work on our passing game and positioning,” he said. “I think a little fine tuning and this Bulldog squad will surprise many people.”
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