The Cardinal Ritter Boys Soccer Team started their IHSAA Sectional play against the Tri-West Bruins on Wednesday night after a first round bye.The game started very evenly as each team probed for a weakness in the opposing defense. Midway through the half, the Raiders found that weakness as Gus “Bus” Esterline put away the first goal on a pass from Jason “Holding Role” Hofer. the defense led by Chris “The Brick Wall” Bonilla continued to hold strong to take the 1-0 lead into the half.
The Raiders kept the pressure up in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from “Elite” Eli Esterline on a through ball from Ryan “High Press” Hofer. For a little added insurance, Eli”te” scored his second goal of the game with a few minutes remaining on a pass from Aaron “Hollywood” Hofer for the 3-0 victory.
The Raiders now face the team from down the street, the Northwest Space Pioneers in the Sectional Final. The game will be held Saturday at Danville High School at 2 PM. Cost for tickets is $6 a person.