St. X Soccer Bounces Eastern

Senior striker Dean Mock plays a ball from the corner. |Photo by David Flynn

Senior striker Dean Mock plays a ball from the corner. | Photo by David Flynn

On Monday night the “Who’s your daddy” cheer was heard echoing throughout the stands at St. X, as students dressed up for “Dad night” while cheering on the soccer team as they faced Eastern High School. After losing over the weekend, the Tigers looked to regain a winning touch.

With the help of two new goal scorers, St. X was able to take home a 2-0 win.

In the recent past, St. X has made quick work of the Eastern soccer team, and tonight was no exception.

Right from the start, the Tigers secured control of the ball, and possessed without much disruption from the Eastern defense. Within the first ten minutes, five quality shots had been placed on goal, but the Eagles’ keeper swallowed them up. In the 23rd minute, St. X finally converted on an offensive chance. Senior Dean Mock dribbled through the crowded goalie box, finding an opening on the near right side, and fired a shot past the goalie, giving Mock his first goal of the season and St. X the 1-0 lead.

“It felt magical,” Mock said describing his excitement of putting his first goal in the back of the net. “This opens up a lot of doors for me.”

Unexpected offensive help came from the defense as well. Senior defender Michael Elder carried the ball up the sideline and crossed it through the box multiple times, including a chance that Mock nearly knocked home for a second goal. In the 53rd minute, Senior defender and captain Neal McKiernan ripped a shot to the corner of the net, making the score 2-0.

After McKiernan’s strike, St. X junior goalkeeper Davis George took the game into his own hands. He made an incredible save in the 72nd minute to conserve the two goal advantage and was a solid brick wall for the entire contest.

After 80 minutes had come and gone, the Tigers could rest well with their fourth win in five games.

“We had a rocky start this season,” Mock explained. “But we’re really starting to pick up our game.”

Mock said the key to the Tigers recent surge has been “conversions up top with our offense.”

“I wish we could have scored more goals, but I’m proud that we had no real lapses in our defense,” Mock finished. “Neal’s goal shows how versatile we can be as a team when we’re on our game.”

The St. X soccer team plays again today against Brown High School. The game kicks off early, starting at 5:00. The Tigers look to keep scoring goals as they host another solid in-state opponent.

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