Tournament ends early for Cards

Player receives red card leaving the team one man down


Eli Beck

Senior Christian Thang is called for a foul in the box while going up for the ball. This foul gave the Falcons a penalty kick and allowed them to go up 4-1.

After losing to PMHS once earlier in the season, the Cards boys’ soccer team was looking for revenge in the second round of the Marion County Tournament on Oct. 2. The Cards fell short in a 4-1 loss to the Falcons, knocking them out of the tournament. 

The Cards dug themselves into a hole early in the game. By the end of the first half, they were down 2-0, with one of those scores being an own goal. 

Junior Bawi Zung Lian was given a red card with three minutes left in the second half, which ultimately led to a penalty kick. This goal gave the Falcons their 2-0 lead going into the second half. 

Since Lian was charged with a red card early in the game, the Cards were forced to play with only 10 men on the field for the rest of the night. The effect of losing a man showed early in the second half when the Falcons scored a goal from kickoff to get themselves off to a hot start.

Despite the challenge of playing with one less man on the field, the Cards were able to show some signs of a comeback responding with a goal of their own with 25 minutes left in the second half. Junior Patrick Oberc ricocheted his penalty kick off the crossbar and into the goal to give the Cards their only goal of the night.

The Cards let the Falcons rebound quickly, giving up another goal from a penalty kick just five minutes later. 

The Falcons offense proved to be too much for the Cards to handle again, giving up four goals to the Falcons in both games they have played against them this season. The Cards could have another chance at redemption against the Falcons if they play them in the sectional tournament later this season.