Lily Keepes Medals At State For Yellow Jacket Cross Country

On Saturday, October 19th, Yellow Jackets Cross Country traveled to Foundation Park in Centralia for the Class S SIJHSAA State Cross Country Meet.

The girls team finished 17th out of 31 competing teams. For the boys team, they finished 31st out of 36 competing teams. Congratulations to Lily Keepes for medaling at the state meet. Following are the individual results:

Girls (out of 235 total competitors)

Lily Keepes - 12:32.8 (29th place)

Isabella Monroy - 13:34.3 (76th place)

Kali Walker - 13:46.7 (93rd place)

Nora Jones - 14:01.0 (105th place)

Hallie Courter - 15:06.1 (152nd place)

Isabella Andrews - 15:29.3

Emma Carie - 17:40.0

Boys (out of 270 total competitors)

Isaiah Courter - 12:45.4 (105th place)

Kollin Kelsey - 12:55.0 (110th place)

Alex McGinnis - 13.07.2 (129th place)

Carlos Monroy - 15:47.8 (224th place)

Brendan Bowser - 16:26.6 (231st place)

Roland Foster - 19:51.3

Chase Gher - 24:20.7

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Lady Aces Golfers Finish 2nd At Regional; Advance To Sectional

Today at IHSA Class 1 Girls Golf Regional At Effingham:

Team scores

1 Effingham (St. Anthony) 331

2 Mt. Carmel 338

3 Effingham (H.S.) 348

4 Highland 408

5 Breese (Central) 413

6 Ramsey 443

7 Olney (Richland County) 456

8 Teutopolis 465

9 Greenville 469

10 Staunton 481

11 Breese (Mater Dei) 508

Mt. Carmel

Madelyn Young (Fr.)77

Allyson Armstrong (Sr.)83

Lillian Gottman (Fr.)83

Daisy Schrader (So.)95

Faith Witsman (Sr.)103

Nevaeh Brock (Sr.)110

The Lady Aces advance to the Mt. Carmel Sectional on Monday.

Jackets' CC Run Against St. Joe and Geff

On Monday, October 7th, Yellow Jackets Cross Country held a meet with St. Joe (Olney) and Geff. The following are the individual results:

JV Girls:

Isabella Monroy - 9:16 (2nd place)

Lillie Keeling - 12:17

Linden Stevens - 13:18

Varsity Girls:

Lily Keepes - 14:48 (5th place)

Kali Walker - 15:03 (7th place)

Nora Jones - 15:19 (8th place)

Hallie Courter - 17:00

Bella Andrews - 17:36
Emma Carrie - 18:48

Jordis Riley - 18:49


JV Boys:

Brendan Bowser - 10:55

Roland Foster - 12:34Chase Gher - 13:25

Levi Potts - 18:48
Varsity Boys:

Isaiah Courter - 13:23 (4th place)

Kollin Kelsey - 13:39 (5th place)

Alex McGinnis - 14:10 (8th place)

Trentin Casburn - 14:29

Carlos Monroy - 15:50
Next up for Yellow Jackets Cross Country: October 17th at Olney at 4 pm.

Soccer Remain Unbeaten By Shutting Out Princeton

From Coach Ed Berberich:

The Soccer Aces hosted the Princeton Tigers Thursday night, winning 3-0. The Aces came out strong and put up a lot of shots from the start, but weren't able to get one in the net until the 33rd minute, when Rayce Loudermilk was fouled in the box, giving the Aces a penalty kick. Britton Heinrich then hit the PK to give the Aces the 1-0 lead heading into the break. The 2nd half was similar to the 1st, with the Aces putting up plenty of shots but not able to get any to go in, until Heinrich scored his 2nd goal of the match to give the Aces a little bit of cushion with 25 minutes remaining. The Aces were able to put the game away with 8 minutes remaining when Heinrich scored his 3rd goal of the game on an assist from Beau Stipp. For the match, the Aces took 35 shots, 23 on frame, created 20 chances, took 1 corner, and had 3 interceptions. The Tigers weren't able to get any official shots off in the match. Tye Kanipe had 5 saves in goal.

 We really came out on fire, which as we've said, is something we're wanting to see more of. You could tell the boys were looking forward to this one, and starting off with that level of intensity set the tone for the game, which carried through the whole match. We needed it too, because the Princeton goalie is one of the best opposing keepers we've seen in years. He was able to keep them in the game with a lot of saves throughout the match, and he frustrated us a bit in our finishing. But I think coming out with the attacking attitude that we had helped us play through that and keep working to put up good shots. If we had come out flat and their keeper starts making saves like he did, we probably wouldn't have worked through it as well as we did. Defensively, our back line of Brady Decker, Gui Silva, Jack Deisher and Adam Stoneberger really did a great job of shutting everything down before it got too dangerous. It was a complete effort by those 4, and Jarrett West in front of them. Deisher in particular played some great individual defense on their best attacker. We knew he was dangerous as he's hurt us in the past, and is having a great year currently as well, so trying to contain him was going to be one of the keys to the game. We've got multiple guys I would trust to put on the other team's most dangerous player, but Jack lobbied to be able to match up with him, so along with Adam helping out at times, we went with that and he backed it up all night.

 The JV Aces picked up a win as well, also by a score of 3-0. Landon Lagow scored in the 13th minute on an assist from Conner Adams, giving the Aces the 1-0 halftime lead. Gavin Smith scored 6 minutes into the 2nd half on an assist from Eli Bertram, with Bertram adding the final Aces' goal 8 minutes later.

 The JV guys have had a good season so far, outside of the Olney match which was just an off night for the whole team. They're playing aggressively in attack, and passing the ball around well for a young group. We need to continue working on our shape when we're attacking and being a little more patient at times as we build up play from the back and through the midfield area. Overall though, we're liking what we're seeing from these guys and if they can keep developing themselves as players, there's a lot of potential there. 

 The Aces record now stands at 13-0-1 (JV 5-1). Their next match is home at the Wabash Valley College field on Tuesday October 8th at 4:30 pm against Newton.

Soccer Aces Blank Vincennes Lincoln

The MCHS Soccer Aces traveled to Vincennes Tuesday night to take on their former Big 8 foe, the Lincoln Alices, winning 5-0. The Aces scored 2 quick goals in the 7th and 8th minutes of play to take an early lead. Checco Terna scored the first goal, with an assist from Beau Stipp, which was quickly followed by Britton Heinrich scoring for the 2-0 lead. Heinrich scored again in the 31st minute, assisted by Rayce Loudermilk. Stipp scored the 4th Aces goal of the half 2 minutes later on an assist from Jack Deisher with a key pass from Eli Bertram. Checco scored his 2nd goal of the match after halftime on an assist from Gui Silva, giving the Aces the final 5-0 lead. For the match the Aces took 36 shots, 28 on frame, created 13 chances, took 3 corners and had 4 interceptions. The Alices took 2 shots, 1 on frame.

 

Our passing & possession game was very good in this one, but Lincoln helped us out a little in that regard as they didn't put a lot of pressure on us when we had the ball. Likewise though, we kind of matched their intensity in that same area for a good portion of the start of the match. We're wanting us to establish our aggressiveness to, and movement off, the ball and set the tempo early in these matches, but sometimes we seem to ease in to these games rather than coming out with that attacking attitude in defense and attack. Hopefully we can develop that mentality a bit more as we head into the playoffs in a couple weeks, because if we can come out with the desire to try to take control from the start, we can be pretty dangerous. There was a lot of good in this one though, especially the way we moved the ball around and consistently looked for the best options to score against a defense that was packing it in on us. As we've gotten into the season, we're starting to see a lot more of that type of defending from the other teams, and it's given us some trouble at times. In the 1st half of the last game, against Olney, we struggled with solving that, so it was good to see us handle it better this time. Olney did a good job of being physical with us though and they pressured the ball more quickly. We'll probably vstart to see more of that, so working through those types of games will be a big test for us.

 

The Aces then beat Lincoln 4-0 in the JV contest. Gavin Smith scored the first goal in the 12th minute to give the Aces the 1-0 lead. Landon Lagow scored in the 15th minute, assisted by Smith. Lagow scored his 2nd goal of the match on an assist from Eli Bertram to give the Aces a 3-0 lead. Smith completed the scoring when he notched his 2nd goal on an assist from Drew Glick. Carter Horrall and Glick each had a save in goal.

 

The match started poorly for us, as the Alices were able to keep the ball on our side of the field for most of the first 10 minutes or so. We fought through that though and slowly started to build up some attacks, and then especially after Smith hit that first goal, we turned it around the rest of the way and controlled the match.

 

For the season, the Aces' record now stands at 12 - 0 - 1 (JV: 4 - 1). Their next match will be a Varsity/JV contest on Thursday October 3rd at 5:30 pm against a very good Princeton squad at the Wabash Valley College field. 

Former Bear Matt Forte Headlines ON1 Season Finale Tonight

From ON1 Aces:

We are very excited to share some big news with you! Our final speaker for Season 5 of ON1 will be two time NFL Pro Bowler, Matt Forte! Matt played for 10 seasons in the NFL. He was with the Chicago Bears from 2008-2015, then played for the New York Jets for two additional seasons. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards five times in his career, and he is second on Chicago’s list of all-time leading rushers behind the great Walter Payton. Matt retired from the NFL in February of 2018.

Matt married his beautiful wife, Danielle, in 2011 and they have three children. They currently live in Chicago where Matt is now a local broadcaster.

The community is invited to join us Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Junior Aces practice field! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and some friends!

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Jackets Cross Country Runs At Robinson

On Monday, September 30th, Yellow Jackets Cross Country traveled to Robinson for a meet with Robinson, Newton, Cumberland, and New Hebron.  Listed are the times for the girls and boys:

 

Girls:

Lily Keepes - 16:29 (18th place)

Kali Walker - 17:02

Isabella Monroy - 17:47

Nora Jones - 19:11

Bella Andrews - 20:09

Jordis Riley - 21:59

Lillie Keeling - 23:52

Linden Stevens - 24:31

 

Boys:

Kollin Kelsey - 15:01 (12th place)

Carlos Monroy - 15:37 (14th place)

Trentin Casburn - 16:21

Isaiah Courter - 16:28

Alex McGinnis - 16:46

Brendan Bowser - 21:54

Roland Foster - 24:13

Chase Gher - 26:56

Levi Potts - 28:29
 

Next Meet:  Monday, October 7th at Allendale at 4 pm.

Lady Aces Golfers Cruise To 42-2 With Big Win Over Carmi

Mount Carmel Lady Aces Golf

West Berwick Golf Course

September 30, 2019

Par 36

Medalist Madelyn Young

Lady Aces 152

Madelyn Young 35; Allyson Armstrong 38; Lillian Gottman 38; Daisy Schrader 41; Faith Witsman 44; Nevaeh Brock 58; Anna Gill 65.

Carmi White County 215

Allie Gee 44; Kate Deig 56; Macey Heil 56; Laci Mills 59; Elleigh Gray 62; Saylor Mason 64

Lady Aces improve their season record to 42-2. Next up for the Aces Is an 8-team Invite hosted by Effingham St. Anthony on Thursday October 3.

Jackets XC Travel To Olney

On Thursday, September 26th, Yellow Jackets Cross Country traveled to Olney for a meet with Olney, Robinson, Newton, Olney (St. Joe), Geff, Fairfield, and New Hebron.  The following are the results:

 

Varsity Girls:

Lily Keepes - 13:25 (16th place)

Nora Jones - 14:19

Kali Walker - 14:24

Bella Andrews - 16:01

Hallie Courter - 16:34

Jordis Riley - 18:21

Emma Carie - 18:31

 

JV Girls:

Isabella Monroy - 9:43 (13th place)

Linden Stevens - 13:24

Lillie Keeling - 14:41

 

Varsity Boys:

Kollin Kelsey - 13:11

Isaiah Courter - 13:38

Trentin Casburn - 13:57

Alex McGinnis - 14:08

Carlos Monroy - 15:01

 

JV Boys:

Brendan Bowser - 12:12

Roland Foster - 12:30

Chase Gher - 15:17

Trenton Potts - 15:33

Levi Potts - 17:50

 

Next up for the Yellow Jackets:  Monday, September 30th at Robinson at 4:00 pm.

Lady Aces Golfers Stay On Roll At Olney

Mount Carmel Lady Aces Golf @ Richland Country Club

September 25, 2019

Medalist Lillian Gottman, MC

Mount Carmel 180

Lillian Gottman 42; Madelyn Young 45; Allyson Armstrong 45; Faith Witsman 48; daisy Schrader 49; Nevaeh Brock 57

Olney 229

McKinny 45; Runyon 60; Goff 61; Glover 63; Hiinterscher 69

St. Anthony NTS

Brummle 48; Hackman 49; coffin 51

St. Anthony NTS

The Lady Aces played a very difficult back 9 at Richland CC. The girls were able to maneuver through the trees and dry fairways, coming out with the win.

Season record is now 41-2.

Next up for the Aces is Senior Night on Monday September 30th against Carmi.

Lady Rockets Rout Wayne City In Regional

On Tuesday September 24th the SMS/AJH Softball team defeated Wayne City 14-4 in 6 innings to clench a first round Regional play win. After a well placed bunt by Wayne City’s first batter, Bella Andrews would strand her on third with 3 strike outs. Lyla Keepes would ground out leading off for the Rockets. Kali Walker would send the ball to the center right field. Nora Jones would be walked. Andrews would hit to center field and be caught out but not without allowing Walker and Jones to score. Lauren Fisher hit to center left and reached second base. Madison Stevens would ground to the pitcher and be thrown out at first for the third out. Andrews would have two strike outs in the second. The third out came from a bunt thrown out at first after Jones played up and Lyla Keepes covered first. (2-0) Elizabeth Hefner led for the Lady Rockets in the bottom of the second. She hit a short third base in field hit and would go on to score. Chandler Cusick would be walked. Courtney Jones hit to the short stop and got on base. Lyla Keepes hit to the third basemen who turned a double play on C. Jones as she tried to tag up. With two outs and Cusick on base Walker would hit a bomb straight to the center fielder for the third out. (3-0) Top of the third Wayne City was at the top of their line up. Andrews would walk the first batter, followed by a bunt, and another walk. With bases loaded Andrews would deliver two strike outs. Bases still loaded, Walker (SS) would snag a ball for the final out stranding all runners and again denying Wayne City any runs. N. Jones would hit to left field and score. Andrews would hit to short stop and score. Fisher would get under a ball and carry it to the right field for the first out. Madison Stevens would hit to center left but be called out at home after not sliding on a close play. Elizabeth Hefner would be walked and score. Cusick was again walked and stranded on base after C. Jones would be thrown out at first from a solid third base line hit. (6-0). Top of the fourth Andrews would start with another K. Next batter took a base after turning into a pitch. The next batter was walked. These two would go on to score for Wayne city. With another runner on third Andrews would again come up big with another strike out. The next batter was walked, but a connect from Stevens (3) to N. Jones (1) would pull the Lady Rockets out of the inning (6-3). Bottom of the 4th was a large inning for the SMS/AJH team. Scoring 6 runs and going through the entire lineup, the Rockets would pull ahead 12-3. Keepes, Walker, N. Jones, Andrews, Fisher, and Stevens would all have solid hits and score. Andrews had a triple and Stevens a double. Elizabeth Hefner would be thrown out at first. In another double play from Wayne City, Chandler Cusick would be tagged out at first after C. Jones ball was caught by the pitcher. Top of the fifth was a quick 1, 2, 3. Walker to Jones for the first out, a technical out after a batter was walked and committed to stealing second but then turned back to first, and Andrews with her 10th strike out of the game. The Lady Rockets has a similar inning when Breslin Ligon would sub in for Keepes at bat and strike out. Walker and Jones would be out in a third double play from Wayne City. Andrews’ line drive was miraculously caught by the short stop tagging Walker and throwing Jones at at second. In the final 6th inning Walker and Jones would again connect for the first out. The next batter was walked. She would be called out after leaving second base stealing third although the pitcher had the ball and play was stopped. The next batter would bunt and go on to score after another walk and base hit to third. With two runners still on base and a third out needed, Lauren Fisher (C) would track a foul tip and have a spectacular catch for the third out. (12-4) Needing two runs to end the game by run rule, Fisher would follow up her catch by a line drive to center left field and go on to score 1 of 2 runs. Stevens would have her fourth hit of the night to short left field. Hefner would strike out leaving Chandler Cusick to get Stevens home; and she’d do just that with a third base hit. When Wayne City tried to throw Cusick out at first, Stevens would steal and slide into home for the game winning score.

The Lady Rockets take on New Hope tomorrow at 430 at Jasper/Geff in the second round of regional play. They look to get even after their last match up resulted in a 12-1 loss on 8th grade night last week.

Yellow Jackets Cross Country Finish Well In Three-Way

On Monday, September 23rd, Yellow Jackets Cross Country hosted Fairfield and Geff in a meet at Allendale. In the team portion of the meet, Allendale won the JV Girls and Varsity Girls, while the Varsity Boys finished second to Fairfield. The following are the individual results for Yellow Jackets runners:

JV Girls:

Isabella Monroy - 9:24 (1st place)

Lillie Keeling - 13:19

Linden Stevens - 13:41

Varsity Girls:

Lily Keepes - 14:59 (2nd place)

Kali Walker - 15:10 (3rd place)

Nora Jones - 15:33 (5th place)

Bella Andrews - 17:18

Hallie Courter - 18:41

Emma Carie - 19:41

Jordis Riley - 20:39


Varsity Boys:

Kollin Kelsey - 14:22 (3rd place)

Alex McGinnis - 14:44 (4th place)

Trentin Casburn - 16:26

Carlos Monroy - 16:40

Next up: at Olney on Thursday, September 26th at 4:00 pm.

Lady Aces Golfers Win Triangular Over Marion and Olney

Mount Carmel Lady Aces Golf @

West Berwick Golf Course

September 23, 2019

 

Medalist - Chloe Thomas, Marion

 Mount Carmel 165

Madelyn Young 40; Lillian Gottman 40; Allyson Armstrong 41: Daisy Schrader 44; Faith Witsman 46; Nevaeh Brock 51; Anna Gill 63

 Marion 173

Chloe Thomas 39; Sarah Cappella 44; Bailey Kelley 44; Kelsey Sinks 46

 Olney 222

Madeline McKinney 47;  Taylor Runyon 56; Caroline Glover 57;  Kali Hinterscher 62

 Next match for Mt Carmel is Wednesday September 25 @ Olney. They will play a triangular with Olney and Effingham St Anthony. 

Soccer Aces Remain Perfect With Win At Mt. Vernon

Aces Soccer Report From Coach Ed Berberich:

The Soccer Aces played their lone match of the week this Wednesday night at Mt Vernon IL, securing another win by a score of 6-1. Iacopo Clementi scored the first goal of the match in the 14th minute with a key pass from Checco Terna. Mt Vernon tied it up with a score in the 30th minute, but the deadlock was short-lived as the Aces struck back quickly, getting 2 goals within 6 minutes of the Rams' score. The Aces retook the lead on a goal from Britton Heinrich assisted by Clementi, followed shortly afterward with Clementi getting his 2nd goal on an assist from Beau Stipp to give the Aces the 3-1 halftime advantage. The Aces added to their lead in the 49th minute, when Heinrich scored his 2nd goal, assisted by Jarrett West. Clementi got his 3rd goal of the match, & the hat trick, on an assist from Rayce Loudermilk with 30 minutes remaining. Loudermilk completed the scoring, putting the ball in the net with 5 minutes remaining for the 6-1 win. For the match, the Aces took 22 shots, 16 on frame, created 10 chances, took 2 corners and had 4 interceptions. Tye Kanipe had 3 saves in goal. The Rams took 6 shots, 2 on frame, and took 2 corners.

We've only had 2 games in the past 8 days, and I feel like it’s shown. We haven’t played poorly exactly, but we haven’t been quite as sharp or been as aggressive out of the gate as I’d like to see us. In the 1st half of this one, we just got outworked by Mt Vernon. They wanted the ball more than we did it seemed, and we weren’t moving really well without the ball offensively. Our schedule picks back up a bit starting Monday so we’re hoping our intensity and sharpness will pick up as the games start coming a little more frequently. We were on a roll coming in to this stretch and it seems like the time between matches has thrown us off just a little bit. All of our results are on MaxPreps so we're not going to be sneaking up on anybody, & that's something we need to keep in mind as we approach how we start these games.

The JV match was also won by the Aces, with a score of 2-1. Mt Vernon took the lead, scoring the first goal of the game 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Brady Decker then scored 2 goals, with Eli Bertram assisting on both. Decker’s 2nd goal came in the last 4 minutes to win the game.

The Aces now stand at 10-0 (JV: 3-0) on the season. Their next match is at home at 5:00 pm on Monday September 23rd against North Posey. It should be a tough match as Posey’s playing well right now, with no losses and a 6-0-1 record in their last 7 matches.

Jackets Baseball Lose Late At West Salem

On Tuesday, September 17th, Yellow Jackets baseball traveled to West Salem for non-conference action in the regular season final game. Going into the bottom of the 4th inning, the Yellow Jackets held the lead 4-2. But, West Salem found their offense and finished the game in 5 innings by the final score of 15-4. Offensively for the Yellow Jackets: Brendan Bowser had a single and a run scored; Chase Gher had a single, a double, and a run scored; Michael Smith had two walks and a run scored; Isaiah Courter had a single, a walk, and a run scored; Brayden Wilford had a walk; Trenton Potts had a walk; and Michael Medler had a walk. Pitching for the Yellow Jackets: Brendan Bowser, Michael Smith, and Isaiah Courter. The Yellow Jackets conclude the regular season 0-10. Next up: SIJHSAA Regional game to be determined.

Lady Aces Golfers Chalk Up Two More Wins At Centralia

Mount Carmel Lady Aces Golf

@ Greenview Golf Course, par 35

Centralia IL

September 17, 2019

Medalist Allyson Armstrong

Mount Carmel -157

Allyson Armstrong 36; Madelyn Young 39; Lillian Gottman 40; Daisy Schrader 42; Faith Witsman 43; Nevaeh Brock 50

Centralia - 244

Gavin Lambert 46; Katelyn Parker 55; Grace Donnelly 61; Mady Becker 62; Lilly Francis 64; Claire Skillette 67

Pinkneyville - 218

Bee Sajande 47; Kylie Harvey 55; Mady Lynetch 56; Kally Mayo 60; Abby Dascotte 61; Zoey Bremmeirer 62

Next up the Lady Aces host Richland County on Monday September 23rd at West Berwick Golf Course.

Yellow Jackets Baseball Beaten By Grayville

On Monday, September 16th, Yellow Jackets Baseball hosted Grayville in non-conference action. Grayville won the game in 4 innings by the final score of 24-6. Offensively for the Yellow Jackets: Brendan Bowser had two hits; Rhett Andrews had a walk and scored two runs; Chase Gher had a walk and scored a run; Levi Margelin had a hit, a walk, and scored two runs; Michael Smith had three walks and scored a run; Isaiah Courter had two hits and a walk; Tristan Bray had two walks; Michael Medler was hit-by-pitch; and Jax Gher had two walks. Pitching for the Yellow Jackets: Chase Gher, Rhett Andrews, Isaiah Courter, and Michael Smith. The Yellow Jackets are now 0-9 on the season. Next up: travel to West Salem on Tuesday, September 17th for a non-conference game at 4:30 pm.

Aces Soccer Stays Perfect With Win At Rivet

Aces Soccer Report From Coach Ed Berberich:

MCHS Boy’s Soccer Recap - @ Vincennes Rivet


The Soccer Aces traveled to Vincennes to take on the Rivet Patriots early Saturday morning and came out with a 2-1 win to remain unbeaten on the season. The Aces scored first in the 8th minute when Beau Stipp finished on an assist from Iacopo Clementi. The Aces gifted the Patriots a bad luck goal just a minute and a half later when a pass back to their goalie ended in a mishap in receiving the ball, which found it’s way into the back of the net. The half ended at a 1-1 tie. Stipp gave the Aces the lead again in the 42nd minute on a left-footed finish off an assist from Britton Heinrich with a key pass provided by Ethan Belt. That would end up being the game winning goal as neither team was able to score the rest of the way. For the match the Aces took 31 shots, 17 on frame, created 13 chances, took 9 corners and had 10 interceptions. The Patriots took 3 shots and 1 corner. Tye Kanipe had 3 saves in goal.

This was a frustrating game for us. We were able to control the ball throughout the match and got off a ton of shots, the most we’ve had in 1 game so far in fact, but we just weren’t able to get the ball in the net. Rivet’s goalie made some big stops, and their defense was pretty physical, & also for most part pretty composed back in front of their own goal and they didn’t give us a lot of room to move between them, especially in the 1st half. Because of their defense packing it in, we settled for a lot of longer shots instead of working closer and looking for the best option. In the 2nd half, we did a much better job of moving the ball around in the attacking 3rd & creating quality shots for ourselves, we just ended up missing a lot of opportunities that we normally would finish off. We needed a game like this though. We haven’t had a truly close game all season, at least not one that went down to the wire like this one, so it was good for us to have to battle through some frustration and gut out a win when things weren’t quite going our way. I’m proud of the guys for keeping their heads up and playing their game, even when the finishing was such a struggle today. The errant shots kind of got in our heads a bit and because of that we ended up pressing on our shots throughout the game, but we kept working together to get good opportunities. I’m pretty confident in these guys finishing off more of those chances moving forward, it was just one of those games today. We were also without Checco Terna and Jarrett West, 2 of our 3 starting center midfielders, in this one so the guys were dealing that but they worked their way through it. We had Clementi and Eli Bertram step up and do a great job in those 2 spots, which was huge for us. And as they've done all year, the defense did a great job of denying opportunities, which allowed us to work through our scoring issues in this one. Overall, this was a big game for us. If you just look at the score it might fool you, but Rivet has kept their scores low all season, and considering the type of games we’ve had so far, and the players we were missing today, this was an important win for us.

The Aces now stand at 9-0 (JV: 2-0) on the season, and travel again next Wednesday to face Mt Vernon IL at 4:30 pm for a varsity/JV contest.