The Daily Jeff
STEUBENVILLE -- Cambridge got a lot of offensive opportunities in the opening game of the Division II sectional tournament at Steubenville's Harding Stadium Monday.
The Bobcats outshot the Indian Creek Redskins 24-9 in the quarterfinal contest, but it took a goal from Joey Galloway off an assist from Eric Fox to snap a deadlock at two midway through the second half and send Cambridge into the semifinal round contest with a 3-2 defeat of the Redskins.
Indian Creek (4-12-1) capitalized on a Cambridge mistake early to grab the lead with Ian Gambill booting home an unassisted goal in the first half after the Bobcats gave up the ball. Jawann Singer answered for the 'Cats finding the back of the net with an assist from Jarrod Atchison to tied the match at one each.
Cambridge surged to a 2-1 halftime advantage when Sheriff Benson split the pipes off an assist from Trent Preece.
"We were way stronger than Indian Creek," Cambridge coach Gheorge Radu stated. "We made some mistakes we shouldn't have made and Indian Creek came on stronger than when we played them in the regular season. We had a lot of chances, we just couldn't get the ball in the net."
In the second half, the Redskins pulled even at two when Tre Lewis found the net with an assist from Idan Gambill setting up the heroics of Galloway and Fox shortly thereafter for the game winner.
Cambridge (11-4-1) had another goal nullified when the officials called the Bobcats for being offsides, but there were still a lot of missed chances.
"It is nice to move on," Radu admitted. "Anything that makes them go forward is positive. We need more passing and more movement and will work on that before we play Wednesday. We are not playing up to our potential yet."
Cambridge goal keeper, Kyle Ritz, had five stops on the nine Indian Creek shots, while giving up the two goals. The Redskins' goalie, Matt Barker, recorded 16 saves on the 24 Cambridge shots, while giving up the three goals.
Cambridge will now meet Carrollton, a team the Bobcats beat 5-1 in regular season play, in a sectional semifinal match Wednesday, but Radu knows it will not be so easy this time around.
"Playing Indian Creek was harder than some people expected," he admitted. "We have to work on some things and play our game and play harder Wednesday."
NEXT -- Cambridge advances in the Division II sectional and will face Carrollton Wednesday at 8 p.m. in a semifinal match at Steubenville's Harding Stadium for a berth in the championship contest on Thursday.