Gass leads Shamokin over Mount Carmel
COAL TOWNSHIP - Ryan Gass scored a hat trick and added an assist, and Sam Deptula scored a goal and assisted on another as Shamokin Area scored its first win of the season, shutting out Mount Carmel 5-0 in Heartland Athletic Conference play Thursday at Kemp Memorial Stadium.
"This should be a huge confidence builder for us," said Shamokin assistant coach Travis Sobotor, acting as head coach for missing Brandon Hockenbroch, who got a red card at Warrior Run.
"When you're 0-8, it's tough on the kids and tough on the coaches, too. Once you score some goals, everybody starts talking to each other, communicating more, and they get more in the game. Hopefully we can build on this."
Gass broke into the scoring column off a setup from Cory Houser about halfway through the first period and scored an unassisted goal about 12 minutes later.
The Indians then scored two more goals before the half, with Gass scoring on an assist from Tevin Gonzalez at the 36:24 mark, and then feeding Deptula for a goal at the 38:22 point.
Mount Carmel goalkeeper John Ashbaugh kept the game from getting out of hand with some strong play in the second half, blocking six shots after the break but the Red Tornadoes (1-8) had trouble setting up any offense against the Indians.
The Indians scored their final goal when Sam Deptula passed to Joe Deptula, who knocked the ball into the net at the 52:48 mark.
Mount Carmel coach Jesse Wagner saw some positives from his team.
"This was an entertaining soccer game," he said. "It probably should have been a little closer than it was but we had some issues. For the first time, we have some freshmen on the team and we're not going to have to replace eight or nine people who graduate like we've been having to do.
"We have a win over Lourdes and we're getting ready to play them again. The kids are playing better soccer."
Shamokin plays at North Schuylkill in a non-conference game Saturday and Mount Carmel plays at Montoursville on Monday.
Mount Carmel (1-8) 0 0 - 0
Shamokin (1-8) 4 1 - 5