From Coach Ed Berberich:
The MCHS Soccer Aces hosted Mt. Vernon, IL Thursday night, winning 2 - 0. Ethan Belt scored the opening goal in the 15th minute on an assist from Kaleb Johnson. Britton Heinrich completed the scoring for the match 6 minutes later, scoring on an assist from Belt. The Aces took 24 shots in the match with 13 on frame, they also created 10 additional scoring chances, had 8 interceptions and had 3 ball recoveries. Tye Kanipe had 11 saves. Mt Vernon had 15 shots with 11 on frame, and 10 corner kicks.
As on Tuesday, we had a short bench tonight due to injuries etc, but we held up a little better stamina wise. Again, as on Tuesday, we jumped out and scored the first 2 goals of the match, but this time we were able to hold on for the win. We created more scoring opportunities in this one than in Tuesday's match, but we still need to work on our possession and how we're moving without the ball. I think fatigue is having an effect in this regard, but offensively, we're watching the ball too much, rather than moving as the ball moves to get in good positions to help out whoever has or receives the ball. If we can start being more active when our teammates have the ball, we'll improve our possession which will help us in attack and also in defense, as we gave up quite a few shots tonight. Defensively, we did do a better job of moving with the ball and jumping on passes when we could and that led to us getting 6 more interceptions than we did on Tuesday.
The win brings the Aces' record to 5 - 1 (0 - 1). Their next match will be at 5:30 pm on Monday September 10th at home versus the undefeated, and 2nd ranked in Indiana 2A, Washington Hatchets.Washington comes in with a 8 - 0 - 1 (2 - 0) record on the season.