NEW BETHLEHEM — With a teammate bearing down hard on a goal-scoring milestone, senior Ty Carrier nabbed his own Redbank Valley soccer record in Tuesday night’s 8-3 win at home against Kane.
Carrier assisted on two goals while scoring twice himself and passed two former Bulldogs that shared the career assist record. He’s now at 43 helpers, one ahead of Joey Kunselman (2001) and Nathan Zipf (2001) who held the record together for over 20 years.
“It couldn’t have happened to a better kid,” said Bulldogs head coach Ty Scott, whose team improved to 5-2 going into Thursday’s home game with Karns City starting at 5 p.m. “He put a lot of work into getting better. He’s only been playing since his freshman year and he’s the poster child of ‘technique over strength’ with learning to kick a ball correctly.
“Everyone talks about Owen Clouse’s goals, but a lot of his wouldn’t be there if Ty wasn’t feeding him those passes and corners.”
Speaking of Clouse, the senior striker who is already the program’s all-time goal scorer also scored twice to bump his career total to 97, three shy of the century mark. He also had four assists.
Kieran Fricko also scored twice while Grant Shoemaker and Kaden Sturgeon added goals.
The Bulldogs host Punxsutawney Monday and visit West Shamokin Tuesday before hosting Brookville next Thursday.
In Tuesday’s other game:
Lady Bulldogs 3, Kane 0
In the first game at home Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs blanked Kane as Lia Hageter scored two goals and Allie Shoemaker scored with Bella Orr and Ava Moore assisting on two of them.
Darion Bartley earned the shutout win in the net as goalkeeper.
Now 5-3, the Lady Bulldogs take their two-game winning streak into Thursday’s 7 p.m. home game with Karns City.
Next Monday and Thursday, they host Punxsutawney (7 p.m.) and Brookville (5 p.m.).
In other games:
FRIDAY, Sept. 15
Redbank Valley 5, Forest 0
At Tionesta, Owen Clouse scored three goals and Ty Carrier and Kaden Sturgeon also scored as the Bulldogs scored all of their goals in the first half.
Carrier and Caleb Root each had two assists and Clouse added a helper.
Jordan Smith and Case Powell each played a half in the net to share winning goalkeeper duties.
Redbank Valley 3, Forest 0
At Tionesta, Lia Hageter scored two goals and Allie Shoemaker scored the other while both had assists along with Ava Moore in a shutout of the Fires.
Darion Bartley got the shutout as goalkeeper.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13
Redbank Valley 2, Brockway 1
At Brockway, Owen Clouse’s goal and a Rovers “own goal” was the difference in the game as the visiting Bulldogs edged the host Rovers last week.
Kieran Fricko assisted on Clouse’s goal.
Brockway 1, Redbank Valley 0
At Brockway, the Lady Rovers scored the lone goal as Rheanna Spinda found the back of the net off a Madison Mortimer assist with under four minutes left in the first half.