GUILFORD — There were too many mistakes for Guilford to overcome against a good team.
And that led to Barlow of Redding (12-4) scoring the final three goals of the night as the Falcons recorded a 9-6 victory over Guilford in an interconference game Thursday night at Kavanaugh Field.
“We couldn’t score in transition and threw the ball away too much,” said Guilford coach Brian White, whose Indians fell to 9-6 with the loss. “You can overcome a couple of those things, but not when it happens routinely.”
Guilford never led in the contest and was down 6-4 at halftime, but the Indians put a ton of pressure on Barlow goalkeeper Greg Fracassini in the third quarter as the they tried to get back into the contest.
Less than 40 seconds after an apparent goal by Barlow’s Connor Martin was not counted, Guilford’s Rob LoRicco popped a shot past Fracassini into the top right of the net with 7:38 to go in the quarter to close the game to 6-5. Just 3:27 later, Guilford’s Will Dacey went to the same spot in the net with a shot to even things up at 6-6.
Barlow coach John Distler was very concerned at that point.
“We’ve had two pretty good games in a row and I was hoping this would be our third,” said Distler, whose team plays out of the SWC. “There were moments where we regressed to earlier in the season. We didn’t possess the ball and were rushing things. They also play a very aggressive defense, which we don’t typically run into and our guys panicked a bit.”
But Guilford never would score again, going the final 16:11 without putting the ball into the net.
“We told (our players) to put it high because he (Fracassini) drops to his knees, but we couldn’t fight the urge to shoot it right at him every time,” White said. “I’m disappointed because I’ve seen this team score in bunches.”
Fracassini made a couple of huge saves in the fourth quarter to help Barlow retain its lead.
“He came up big for us,” Distler said. “He’s getting better and better every game.”
Meanwhile, Harry Wilson, Bryan Gallaer and Darian Cook scored goals in the fourth quarter as Barlow was able to stretch the lead.
“I’m pleased with the comeback, but not pleased with the result,” White said. “I’m tired of moral victories at this point. This is the kind of team we have to beat in the state tournament. We get close and have signs where we can get past a team like this.
Barlow outshot Guilford, 40-27. Fracassini had 14 saves for the Falcons, while James Bright stopped 12 shots for the Indians.
BARLOW 9, GUILFORD 6
(at Guilford HS)
Barlow 3 3 2 1 — 9
Guilford 2 2 2 0 –6
Barlow: Liam Murphy, 2 goals; Zach Pompea, 2 goals; Darian Cook, 2 goals and 1 assist; Connor Martin, 1 goal; Tristan Green, 2 assists; Harry Wilson, 1 goal; Bryan Gallaer, 1 goal.
Guilford: Will Dacey, 2 goals; Rob LoRicco, 2 goals and 1 assist; Frank Ranfone, 1 goal and 1 assist; John Altieri, 1 goal; Shane Molloy, 1 assist.
Shots: Barlow, 40; Guilford 27. Saves: Greg Fracassini (B), 14; James Bright (G), 12.
Records: Barlow, 12-4; Guilford, 9-6.