PENINSULA: Archbishop Hoban senior Parker Fisher scored his first goal for the Knights on Thursday night — and it was a big one.

Fisher’s strike with 4.1 seconds to go in the first half capped the scoring in Hoban’s 2-1 victory over host Woodridge.

“I got the ball and saw there were only 10 seconds left in the half,” Fisher said. “I knew I had to go, so I basically put my head down, dribbled a little bit, cut back, had a little ricochet and the ball was at my feet and I took a strike.”

Fisher is in his second year on the Hoban varsity and receiving more consistent playing time under coach Tavi Muresan.

“This year I have a bigger role, so I want to step up and help my teammates win games,” Fisher said.

Woodridge took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when senior Justice Fair scored a goal.

Hoban countered with the final two goals of the match. Knights freshman Sebastian Lacatus netted a goal in the 34th minute and then Fisher scored just before halftime.

“We passed the ball and we talked to each other,” said Lacatus, who also scored in a victory this year over Wooster. “We did all the good things and had the attitude to score a goal and get back into the game.”

Hoban held an edge in shots on goal (10-2) and corner kicks (4-2).

Sophomore John Lauterjung made one save for Hoban (3-0-1) and sophomore Ben Rado made eight saves for Woodridge (1-3-0).

Muresan said he was happy to see his players remain “calm” when they trailed 1-0.

“We have quality and we didn’t panic,” Muresan said. “I think the players did very well. They tried to follow the game plan. The first goal came from a change of point of attack. Sebastian was at the right point and he scored a goal. As a freshman, he is a good addition for us. Parker, as a senior, is very impressive. He is one of our best players right now due to a lot of work and leadership.”

Muresan said he has also been pleased with the leadership from his four senior captains — Matthew Fiume, Jack Samuelson, Mikey Burrington and Tom Pelini.

Samuelson assisted on Lacatus’ goal. Fisher’s goal was unassisted.

Interesting night

Coach Todd Hartong stood on the Woodridge sideline as usual on Thursday, leading the Bulldogs on the same night three of his former players made their college debuts in Ashland where the Purple Eagles defeated Malone 3-0.

The matchup featured three 2017 Woodridge graduates — Christopher Mally and Carter Hartong suiting up for Malone and Caleb Whitaker suiting up for Ashland.

Carter is Hartong’s son. Another of Hartong’s children, Aiden, is a junior on the Woodridge boys soccer team.

Sophomore Andrew Pearson, freshman Justin Libertowski and sophomore Thomas Ardron each scored a goal for Ashland. Pearson is an Akron native and a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary, Libertowski is a Medina graduate and Ardron hails from England.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.