Tiger Soccer falls to Brebeuf Prep
Following a night filled with patriotism and St. X spirit, the Tiger Soccer team faced off against Brebeuf Preparatory High School, who traveled down to Brother Thomas More Stadium from Indianapolis. The Tigers had accrued a three-game winning streak following their season turnaround; yet on Saturday, Brebeuf showed why they were nationally ranked, defeating St. X 2-0.
At the onset of the match, St. X passes were crisp and direct. Andrew Schaefer and Klayton Grimes continued their partnered attack on offense, as Schaefer continually played through balls to Grimes. Though the Tigers played a solid first half, they struggled to finish shots on goal, making the game a 0-0 tie going into halftime.
In the 50th minute, St. X found its best offensive chance of the day. Austin Goodman launched a pass over the head of the Brebeuf defenders, leading Andrew Schaefer to a wide open fast break. Schaefer struck the ball well, but just missed the goal. This miss proved to be costly, as Brebeuf was able to counter in the 57th minute with the first goal of the game.
“Once we fell behind by one goal, everyone’s heads immediately lowered,” Tiger Head Coach Andy Schulten explained. “We let them get one step ahead of us, and that’s what gave them the edge.”
Following Brebeuf’s first goal, the Tigers struggled to play with the cohesiveness they had in the first half. In the 69th minute, the Braves scored their second goal off of a cross into the middle, sealing the win. After 80 full minutes of play, St. X lost 2-0, ending the winning streak.
“Don’t get frustrated,” Coach Schulten pleaded to his team. “That was a really good team we just played. We had a couple of decent opportunities in the second half. We just have to put these things away. Its just another learning experience, and a good one to bounce back from.”
The Tigers face in-state opponent Eastern High School on Monday night in an attempt to regain their goal-scoring swagger. Coach Schulten and the Tigers are confident in their ability to defeat the Eagles and get back on track. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.