SOCCER: Herscher collects sixth-straight regional title
HERSCHER — It took about four minutes for this game to turn completely upside down.
Herscher scored three goals in that time span, and its final two goals less than eight minutes later, on its way to a 5-2 victory against Iroquois West on Friday to claim a Class 1A Regional Title for the sixth-straight season.
“It’s hard to get up and win the games you’re supposed to, especially from an enthusiasm standpoint,” Herscher coach Alan High said. “But it wasn’t just the 11 guys on the field fired up; it was the other 14 guys on the bench who brought the energy. The postseason is always one game at a time, and no game is more important than who we play next.”
Forward Jake Allen showed he alone had too much speed for the Raiders to keep up with.
The senior completed a hat trick in the first with all three goals coming in the same fashion.
He received the ball at midfield and outsprinted every Raider defender before connecting with the back of the net.
“He’s the fastest player I’ve ever coached, and once he gets a step, nobody is going to catch him,” High said. “It’s so much fun just to watch him play. He’s on a whole other level attacking-wise in the area, and he scores when it counts.”
Bascom Jackson and Preston Fillmore also connected with the back of the net to round out the Tigers.
Iroquois West played a much more intense and complete second half. It just had too big of a hole to climb out of.
Angel Barajas and Diego Camarena each connected on goals for the Raiders.
For Camarena, his season ends with a nation-leading 67 goals.
Herscher moves on to a Class 1A Sectional at Reed-Custer on Monday to play Joliet Catholic.
“If we come out like we did in the first half of this game, and put that together for 80 minutes, we’ll be happy with the results,” High said.