By Steven Kochersperger
In a season where both the Mount Vernon and North Posey boys soccer teams have struggled to find wins, one team was sure to find one when they met head to head Tuesday night at the North Posey soccer field. The team that came out victorious was the Mount Vernon Wildcats as they defeated their cross county rivals 2-1 in a hard fought game.
Wildcat Michael Cannato got Mount Vernon on the board first as he put a header in the net over Viking goalkeeper Jordan Frymire with 27:06 left in the first half. The Wildcats would take that 1-0 lead into halftime.
Mount Vernon built their lead in the second half of the game when Wildcat Courtland Pace took a beautiful corner kick from Freshman Noah Keller and placed the ball into the back of the net for a Wildcat 2-0 lead.
North Posey had several chances and played aggressively in the second half. Senior Jace Gentil who seemed to have several chances go wide of the net, finally got the Vikings on the board as he scored with 10:27 left in the game.
With the score 2-1 the game seemed to get physical and the over aggressive play cost both teams players with yellow cards. That’s the way rivalry games go, especially with teams looking for wins heading into the final stretch of the season. The Wildcats ended up winning the game 2-1 and won not only bragging rights but also gained confidence as they head into the final week of the regular season.
“Its (the win) a big boost to our confidence”, Wildcat Coach Travis Kaiser said after the game. “We’ve been getting smacked around a little during the season. We play some tough schools and play in a tough conference. We have a tough sectional and need to get prepared for that as well as we can”. And even though the Wildcats are glad to get their third win of the season, Coach Kaiser continues to remind his team that there is still plenty to work on as they prepare for their sectional. “I’d like to see us move the ball back and forth more in the backfield, as well as to see our midfielders check more. When we did that tonight we had something positive go for us every time”, coach Kaiser said. “We are moving in the right direction”.
With Sectionals less than a week away, the Vikings and Wildcats look to improve and prepare for their sectional matchups. The Wildcats will end their season this week with two road matchups at Reitz this Thursday and at Harrisburg (Ill) on Saturday. The Vikings will finish their schedule at Tell City.