The last time Owensboro Catholic beat crosstown foe Owensboro, Wednesday’s star for the Aces was just 9 years old.
Catholic freshman Brody Martin scored all four Aces’ goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the Red Devils at Shifley Park.
(Photos from the game can be found here.)
OC coach Andy Donohoe said he was impressed with his team’s play during the win.
“I thought we were methodical in how we approached,” he said. “A real disciplined, workman like approach. The structure was strong throughout. When we played well, we were patient. That third goal I think represented that perfectly. We got the shot off then we recycled it twice for the third goal.”
Donohoe said every player from the front to the back contributed.
“Brilliant team performance,” he said. “Obviously we’ve got some special players as well and when you’ve that solid team performance and special players, some magic can happen. (Owensboro is) a very good side. Scoreline really shows the quality we have and the talent we have to have beaten a very, very good side.”
Martin scored his first goal in the first half to give his team the advantage heading into the break, but he wasn’t close to done. Martin added three more goals before Red Devil Hser Thaw put OHS on the scoreboard late in the game.
“I was kind of nervous,” Martin said. “I’ve played midfield the other games then they moved me to center forward. I didn’t know what I would do but I opened up a lot of space and finished goals.”
Donohoe said he wasn’t surprised with Martin’s performance.
“We’ve known his quality,” Donohoe said. “If they let me put him in as a 7th-grader he would have played varsity. We’ve known his quality for years. His brother as well is a superstar too. He’s got bags of talent but it’s backed up with such an industrious effort level. We’re delighted that he’s finally got to this stage where he’s ready for this level and I think the sky’s the limit for him as a player.”
Owensboro will look for its first win Saturday at home as the Red Devils host McCracken County, while Catholic is off until Monday when they head to Franklin-Simpson.
Owensboro Catholic 4, Owensboro 1
OCHS (4-1) 1 3–4
OHS (0-3-1) 0 1–1
Goals: OCHS: Brody Martin (4); OHS: Hser Thaw
Assists: OCHS: Luke Hagedorn (2), Dominic Ranallo