HULL-Double overtime is what it took for the Western Christian boys’ soccer team to win in the first round of Class 1A District 1 play, defeating the West Sioux Falcons 3-2 in Hull.
“I thought we played pretty well tonight,” said Western Christian coach Sou Baccam. “We put some good pressure on them, which forced them (West Sioux) to make mistakes. We had two noticeable mistakes which reflected on the scoreboard.”
But those mistakes were forgiven due to the Wolpack’s efforts on defense and their offensive execution.
“Our defense was very solid. Our passing game came around and we made some good runs,” said Baccam. “We had some good shots on goal, but their keeper was tough. West Sioux is a good team and their record doesn’t show it. They’ve taken us to overtime three times this year.”
In the 23rd minute, there was a scramble for the ball. During the melee, the ball went off Western Christian keeper Clay Van Tol’s head into the goal for a 1-0 West Sioux lead. In the 38th minute, Brenden Timmerman had a shot deflected by the Falcons’ goalie, but Zach Van Essen was there to put it in the back of the net to tie the score at 1 for halftime.
In the 62nd minute, West Sioux got a penalty kick off a Western Christian hand ball in the penalty box, but two minutes later Carter Wibben raced through the West Sioux defense and took a shot that went just over the line to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
Each team had two chances to score, but both keepers made saves on those chances to send the game into the second overtime. In the second overtime, Kobi Baccam slipped past the West Sioux defense. He found an open Timmerman, who redirected the ball to Chris Baccam to find the back of the net from 2 feet out.
Sophomore Jeff DeKam was the goalie. He compiled nine saves in 11 attempts. The Wolfpack had 19 shots on goal for the night. Timmerman was credited with two assists.
“Overall, I’m very happy with this win and hopefully it will give us more confidence going to the next round of district play (against Humboldt) Wednesday,” coach Baccam said. “We need to continue to play with a lot of emotion and encourage each other.”
Wolfpack down Humboldt 3-1 to advance to the substate final
HUMBOLDT-It was a fair amount of driving for the Western Christian boys’ soccer team for their semi-final contest with Humboldt last Wednesday, but the Wolfpack had one of their best games of the season and won the contest 3-1 to advance to the sub-state final.
The first goal of the game came four minutes in as Kobi Baccam found an open Carter Wibben in the middle. Neither team was able to score any further and the score at half was 1-0.
At the 42nd-minute of the game, Western Christian got on the board again as Kobi Baccam found Chirs Baccam open in the middle. Chris Baccam then crossed the ball to the far corner of the net to make the score 2-0. The final Wolfpack goal of the game was scored by Reuben Iedema from 20 yards out off a pass from Jaron Harthoorn. The lone Humboldt goal was scored on a failed clear-out by the Wolfpack.
“I felt we played great today. Our passes were clean and they linked together very nicely. The guys came out focused and with intensity, which really was nice because we feed off our energy a lot,” said Western Christian coach Sou Baccam.
Coach Baccam noted the first goal at the four-minute mark proved to be a difference maker.
“It was really nice to get on the board that early so we could settle the nerves and control the ball,” he said. “I didn’t know how we would come out and play since we did just have a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride, but they knew they had a job to do and they did it great.”
Jeff De Kam was the keeper and he ended the night with 10 saves. As a team the Wolfpack had eight shots on goal. That said, coach Baccam noted it was a complete team effort.
“Everyone contributed to this win and it was fun to watch from the side (sidelines). Our passes looked great and we took some nice shots on goal. Our midfielders did a great job controlling and distributing the ball around,” he said. “Defensively, our guys were solid all the way around. I wish we could have had the clean sheet on the board (a shutout), but we really only had one mistake and they (Humboldt) capitalized on it toward the end of the game.”
Baccam has high hopes for his team Saturday (after the early press deadline for Memorial Day) in the substate final with Sioux Center in Orange City.
“Our guys have come so far from the beginning of the season and we’re playing really well, just in time to make a good run,” coach Baccam said