SOCCER: Tigers continue to roll with win at Beecher
BEECHER — The Herscher soccer team is heating up at just the right time.
The Tigers offense mustered up seven goals against Beecher on Saturday, all in the first half, to knock off the Bobcats 7-0. The win was the Tigers’ eighth in their last 10 matches. They improved to 16-5 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 5-13.
“It was just a great day all-around,” Tigers coach Alan High said. ”(The Tigers) came out ready to move the ball inside-out and switch fields; they just played a really fun game to watch today.”
High said that Saturday morning matches, such as last week’s Rivals Cup semifinal loss to Oak Forest, have caused the Tigers trouble this season. Combined with a few other factors, Saturday’s match could have also been a struggle, but the Tigers answered the call with their blazing start.
“Saturday morning games have sometimes been our bane, especially with an away football game and the guys are out late cheering the football team on,” High said. “They got home late and had an hour bus ride, but they came out ready to go.”
Bobcats coach Dawn Compton said she knew the talented Tigers would be a handful, but her team simply didn’t come out ready to take them on.
“We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do defensively as a team, and I don’t put that on just on the back line, I put that on the entire team,” Compton said. “Props to Herscher; they move the ball well, they find feet, they play well without the ball well and create opportunities for themselves. And we didn’t respond.”
Bascom Jackson started off the scoring just three minutes into the game when he headed a goal past Bobcats keeper Miguel Herrera, thanks to an assist from Jake Allen. Jackson led the Tigers with two goals and two assists, while Allen scored a pair of goals as well.
Jacob Schultz also scored twice for the Tigers. Preston Fillmore scored and Jed Martin had an assist.
Jack Holohan recorded his 12th shutout of the season in yet another impressive performance for the Tigers. But what really impressed High about his goalkeeper on Saturday didn’t come in net for the Tigers.
Holohan was replaced in net early in the second half, and after a quick jersey change, entered the match at forward for the final handful of minutes for the first time this season.
With time waning down in the match, Holohan had an open run available and could have ripped a shot, but opted to pass to an even more open teammate.
“The thing that stood out to me the most, was on that last run, he could have taken the ball in himself, but instead, he slid the ball across to a freshman,” High said. “It was his first ever opportunity and he slid it over, because that’s just the kid that he is. He’s unselfish and here for the kids in any way that he possibly can.”
The Tigers are back in action today at Plano. The Bobcats also play today, hosting Crete-Monee.