HULL-Western Christian had a tough night at home Monday, April 24, as itfell to Class 2A third-ranked Storm Lake 11-1.
The Wolfpack’s lone goal came off the foot of freshman Kobi Baccam. This goal came in the second half at the 49-mintue mark. That score brought the lead down to 7-1. However, Storm Lake would finish the game by scoring four more goals.
“Storm Lake is a very good team and there is a reason they’re No. 3 in 2A,” said Western Christian coach Sou Baccam. “They made it difficult for us to play our game. They had our backs against the wall a lot of the game. We had our chances, but didn’t capitalize on them. We need to bring more fire, keep our heads up and keep grinding.”
The two goalies for Western Christian, sophomore Jeff De Kam and senior Layne Miller, had a total of eight saves. De Kam notched three saves, while Miller tallied five. For Storm Lake, sixdifferent players scored in the win.
“We have to stay positive and not get down on ourselves when things don’t go our way,” coach Baccam said.
Western falls 5-1 to MOC
Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
HULL-The Western Christian boys’ soccer team fell 5-1 to MOC-Floyd Valley in a non-conference match Thursday, but the Wolfpack felt the score could have been closer and that they played well against a tough opponent.
Three minutes into the game MOC-Floyd Valley got on the board on a failed clear-out by the Western Christian defense. Thirteen minutes later, the Dutch held a 3-0 lead with a goal from the middle and a cross from the outside to the middle of the field.
But at the 25-minute mark, Chris Baccam put the Wolfpack on the board with a shot on the upper right side of the goal, assisted by Kobi Baccam. Then right before halftime, the Dutch got called for hands just outside its own penalty box, resulting in a free kick. But the shot went off the cross bar and the score held at 3-1 for halftime.
The final two goals of the game were scored at the 54-minute mark and the 63-minute mark by the Dutch off a bad clear-out by the Wolfpack defense, resulting in MOC-Floyd Valley getting the ball into the net on a rebound, and a right-to-left pass that found a Dutch player in the middle.
In the end coach, Sou Baccam felt his team played a good game against quality competition.
“The first 10 minutes or so we started out slow. After that we settled down and started to put some good pressure on them. We had some good passes and through balls. Our touches and our spacing need to be better,” he said. “I felt we played pretty good later in the first half. We lost to a good team tonight.”
Coach Baccam noted that the missed free kick in the first half may have been the key difference.
“When it was 3-1 there we had a hand ball right outside the penalty area. Our free kick went right off the cross bar. That would have been a great goal to have and could have shifted some of the momentum,” coach Baccam said. “I reminded the guys after the game that we need to keep working hard and it will come.”
Western Christian took four shots, all of them coming on goal. Layne Miller was the keeper and had six saves in 11 chances.