Aces Soccer Report From Coach Ed Berberich:
The MCHS Soccer Aces hosted Evansville Day School for a non-conference match, winning 8-0. Beau Stipp scored the first goal 6 minutes in. The Aces took 20 minutes to get their next goal, finally adding to their score when Stipp scored again in the 27th minute, assisted by Rayce Loudermilk. Loudermilk then added 2 goals of his own in the next 2 minutes, first assisted by Stipp, and then assisted by Ethan Belt. Britton Heinrich scored in the 32nd minute, assisted by Loudermilk, for the 5-0 Aces lead at the half. Jarrett West scored 3 minutes in to the 2nd half on an assist from Stipp, followed quickly by Adam Stoneberger scoring 2 minutes later. Jack Deisher put away the final Aces score with a goal in the 50th minute of play.
After these last 2 really tough games, we were hoping to come out a little stronger to start in this one. The game eventually saw a lot of goals from us, but we were fairly sloppy in our play for most of it, especially in the first half. We really didn't show enough movement off the ball, or positional awareness for large swaths of the match. We got a little better at that in the 2nd, but we really need to focus a little more in terms of where we need to get to on the field to give our teammates options & support when they have the ball. We also need to be more aggressive defensively in pressuring the ball, while still concentrating on our positioning. We have a tough stretch coming up, with 3 upcoming Big 8 matches sprinkled in among some good non-conference teams, so we'll look to get better than we were tonight in those little things. We've got the talent to do some good stuff out there so if we can keep working on putting the whole package together for 80 minutes at a time, in being more disciplined positionally and being more active as a team without the ball, then we really like the potential we have.
The Aces' record now stands at 6 - 3 (0 - 3) on the year. Their next match-up is with another tough Big 8 opponent at home against Boonville on Wednesday September 19th at 5:30 pm. The Pioneers come in with a 6 - 4 - 1 (0 - 3) record on the season.