Aces Soccer Recap From Coach Ed Berberich:
The Soccer Aces played an old Big 8 foe at Mt Vernon Indiana Monday, beating the Wildcats 7-0 on a hot night. The match was scoreless for the first 19 minutes, when Britton Heinrich scored on an assist from Checco Terna. Heinrich added a goal in the 29th minute, assisted by Iacopo Clementi, with Beau Stipp giving the Aces the 3-0 lead on another Terna assist right before the end of the half. The Aces came out strong to start the 2nd half, scoring 3 times in the first 7 minutes, with Rayce Loudermilk kicking things off with a goal 4 minutes in on an assist from Ethan Belt, followed quickly by another Heinrich goal for the hat trick, with Belt assisting another goal when he set up Clementi for the finish. Checco added the Aces' 7th, and final, goal of the match in the 67th minute of play. For the match, the Aces took 33 shots, 23 on frame, created 20 additional chances, took 4 corners, and had 12 interceptions. The Wildcats took 5 shots, 2 on frame, and had 2 corners.
I think the heat bothered us a bit tonight, as we were a little flat and not as sharp with the ball as we have been throughout this season, but we were still able to get past that and put up some shots. We were maybe rushing things a little bit when we had the ball, forcing passes that weren't there rather than moving it around the field as well as we have been this season, so we'll look to get back to doing that better moving forward. We still need to work on our defensive pressure in the midfield area and up top, as we were a little inconsistent in our effort there. The back 4 did a good job of jumping on the Rams passes, particularly Adam Stoneberger and Jack Deisher at the 2 centerback spots, and Belt had some interceptions higher up in the midfield area as well. If we're consistently doing that as a whole team, we've got the ability to really control all areas of the field against a lot of teams. We've got the attacking talent needed to score goals but it all starts with our defensive pressure, and that needs to come from everyone working together, everywhere on the field.
The Aces record now stands at 8-0 (JV: 2-0) on the season. Their next match is a Varsity/ JV contest at Mt Vernon IL on Thursday evening.