HULL-Sioux Center came ready to go Monday, April 3, in a non-conference game against the Western Christian boys’ soccer team. Unfortunately the Wolfpack were unprepared and fell by a 5-2 score.
Three minutes into the game, it was 1-0 Sioux Center after scoring on a failed clear-out by Western Christian. With 16 minutes left to go in the half, the Warriors got the ball on a scramble and found the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage. Seven minutes later, Sioux Center pushed the ball into the Wolfpack’s defensive zone, but Western Christian was unable to defend once again and took a 3-0 deficit at halftime.
“I felt we came out flat and never had a chance to get into the right groove. Defensively, we just got exposed too many times,” said Western Christian coach Sou Baccam. “Sioux Center has a really good team and they did a great job controlling the tempo. We had decent looks at times, but we failed to capitalize on them.”
That Warriors’ offense continued to wreak havoc on the Wolfpack defense, scoring a goal five minutes into the second half off the right side of the goal, and once again off a poor clear-out by the Western Christian defense with 29 minutes left in the game.
Western Christian soon got on the board with a goal from Brenden Timmerman off a penalty kick with nine minutes left. Six minutes later, Jaron Harthoorn scored an unassisted goal as he weaved his way past the Warriors’ defense. But the clock soon ticked to 0 and the Wolfpack could not come back from a 5-0 deficit.
“We just need to clean up our passes and make sure we create more opportunities. We are still growing as a team and trying to understand our roles and what we need to bring to the table,” Baccam said. “It was nice to see us fight til the very end.”
Layne Miller was the keeper for Western Christian and he finished the night with three saves. As a team, the Wolfpack took six shots, all on goal, with seven corner kicks.
Energy sinks quickly in Spencer
SPENCER-Western Christian kept the game close for much of the first half in a Lakes Conference boys’ soccer game against Spencer Thursday. But after the Tigers took a 2-0 lead, the Wolfpack could not climb out of their early hole in a 5-1 defeat.
The first two goals of the game were scored by Spencer, the first on a left-side cross and the second off a cross from the middle and the score was 2-0 going into halftime.
“I thought we played pretty good in the first half, but after the second goal we started to hang our heads,” said Western Christian coach Sou Baccam. “Spencer did a good job possessing the ball. We need to clean up our passes and really focus on our possession.”
The Tigers quickly broke the game open in the second half, scoring the next three goals of the game. The Wolfpack’s lone goal was the final goal of the contest, coming off the foot of Brenden Timmerman who received a pass from Jaron Harthoorn.
Baccam noted his team needs to keep a full game’s worth of energy, no matter what the score is.
“We need to stay focused and bring some more intensity. We made good runs when we used the sidelines, but we turned the ball over too much. We need to work on staying positive, encouraging each other and have good communication,” Baccam said. “We need to piece together what we work on in practice and bring it to the game.”
Western Christian took two shots in the contest with one shot on goal. The Wolfpack also had one corner kick. Layne Miller was the keeper and had four saves.