Tiger Soccer Keeps Rolling With Win Over Collins
The Saint Xavier Tigers entered a brisk Tuesday evening match coming off of their second win of the season, a 2-0 victory over Greenwood High School in Bowling Green. Senior striker Klayton Grimes led the charge against Greenwood, having scored both of the Tiger’s goals in their monumental win. Heading into their game against Martha Layne Collins High School Titans, St. X looked to keep their newly discovered offensive flow alive.
Klayton Grimes described the Tiger’s play Saturday against Greenwood as “finally getting back on track.” He explained that the victory over Greenwood was a great win, but there is still plenty of work to do.
“This team has not played to their full potential yet. We still have a long way to.”
Tuesday’s match against Collins showed the hidden potential the Tigers possess, as they came out ready to play from the first whistle. The midfielders kept the Collins defenders on their toes, pushing passes through gaps, trying to create fast break chances. In the 6th minute, the Tigers received a free kick on the left outer edge of the goalie box. Juniors Colin Kremer and Trent Stigler ran a perfect trick play, eventually leaving Kremer wide open from straight on. Kremer ripped the shot from the top center of the box, placing it in the right corner of the goal for an early Tiger lead.
The second Tiger goal came in he the 12th minute on a break-away opportunity given to Klayton Grimes. Grimes corralled the ball and flicked it passed the charging Titan goalie, giving the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead over Collins which would last throughout the remainder of the match.
Tuesday’s match was a big step in the right direction for multiple reasons. In the 61st minute, Senior left back Michael Elder entered the game, making his first appearance this season. Elder, having recovered from two meniscus surgeries on his left knee, made a couple of great stops in the defensive zone, reminding us why he is such a vital component to a successful St. X team.
“It felt really good,” Elder said, with a smile on his face, on his season debut. “I finally got to get back to playing my hardest and working with my team.”
Elder and the rest of the Tigers held Collins scoreless for the remaining time in the game, recording their second straight win with a final score of 2-0. After not scoring a single goal in four games (A span of 15 days) earlier in the season, St. X has now found the back of the net four times in their last two games (four days).
“We had good outside wing play,” explained Elder. “We all hustled to everything, which helped us connect with the strikers.”
To Junior Trent Stigler, the overall improvements came from the success with “moving the ball on the ground.”
“We played nice through-balls up to the forwards, and the forwards made nice runs,” Stigler explained.
When asked how the Tigers will continue their winning streak, Stigler responded with a smile, saying frankly, “Score more goals.”
The Tigers now look ahead to their game on Thursday, as they visit Manual in another important game. St. X looks to keep their winning streak alive with a continuation of their smart offensive and defensive play. Gametime is set for 7:30.