Spencer roughs up Knights
ORANGE CITY — In a season where scoring has come at a premium, Spencer’s soccer boys seemingly couldn’t miss for much of Monday’s road game against Unity Christian, thumping the Knights 9-2.
“I thought the first half, offensively, we played pretty well,” Tiger boys soccer coach Nick Erdmann said. “I don’t think it was our best game. I don’t think Unity was at the level of some of the teams we’ve played this season, but I thought our defenders were doing a good job getting up into the plays and helping with attacks, and for once, we finished our chances. We’ve been unable to finish those chances all season, but tonight it was just clicking.”
The game had only just begun when Nathan Hogge put the Tigers on the board by punching in a corner kick from Aydan Perez.
At the five minute mark Perez assisted Edu Molet for a 2-0 lead, but a defensive blunder just five minutes later allowed the Knights to cut the lead in half.
However, Molet needed just another minute of game clock to make it 3-1, and from there it was rolling.
Junior Wilkerson bumped it to 4-1 near the midway point of the half, and Molet converted a hat trick in the 25th minute, making it a 5-1 game.
Just before the break Luis Discua blasted a shot at the Unity keeper, and his inability to handle it led to a chip shot for Cale Salton and a 6-1 scoreboard at the half.
“The second half we were flat which kind of shows how we’ve been this season,” Erdmann said. “We have good games then we’re flat the next.”
Spencer gave up a penalty kick goal for the first score of the second half but tacked on three more goals with Perez drilling a free kick, Wilkerson assisting Discua and Rasch punching in the final goal of the game.
The Tigers move to 5-10 with the victory ahead of their regular season finale at home against West Sioux with a start time around 7:30 p.m. as the Tiger girls will play the Falcons before the start of the boys game.
The postseason begins Monday, May 21 for Spencer at Buena Vista University with a game against Bishop Heelan at 7 p.m. The Crusaders took the only meeting this season by a score of 2-1.
“The biggest thing to take out of tonight is we have to play well all the time in the postseason,” Erdmann said. “We can’t afford to take a half off. When we play at a high level, we’re capable of playing with anybody out there.”