CLAYTON — In what became a soccer match that got out of control Thursday night Northmont and Chaminade-Julienne locked horns in what became a very physical contest.
As players collided, pushed and shoved and bodies hit the turf the fans became agitated with the officials for their failure to control the game. Northmont school officials even began chiding the officials for the escalating violence taking place on the field of play.
An overlooked tackle inside the goal box that should have resulted in a penalty kick for Northmont sent the home fans into a frenzy of disbelief. In the end the match ended in a 1-1 deadlock and left players on both teams battered, bruised and exhausted.
Brandon Morton gave Northmont a 1-0 lead with 24:38 remaining in the first half. C-J tied the game on a penalty kick by Cole Wagner with 29:41 remaining.
Northmont Coach Bob Brown acknowledged the physical nature of the game.
“It was one of those situations where unfortunately some of the calls let the game escalate and the game kind of lost its edge,” Brown said. “The quality of the game kind of went down and it kind of became more of a kick it deep and go get it kind of a thing, a physical contest and that’s not what we are about. C-J is an OK team. Their record is not real indicative because they play in the greater Cincinnati Catholic League, which is a crazy strong league with Elder and all those monsters. If you can come out with a 500 record in that league you’ve done pretty good considering they are one of the smaller schools in the GCL.”
The C-J game aside, Brown was very pleased with his team’s 4-0 victory at Butler.
“It was a fantastic win,” Brown noted. “The kids played real well and did what they needed to do and came out with a good win against a team that worked really hard, so we will take it.”
With the tie Northmont moved to 3-7-2 overall while C-J moved to 7-4-1.