St. X Soccer Redeems Themselves Against District Opponent Male
Thursday night was redemption night for the Tiger Soccer team. After defeating Collegiate 2-1 in the first round of district play, the Tigers squared off against Male High School, who had defeated St. X 1-0 earlier in the season
Regular season wins don’t carry over into playoffs, however, and Male found this out the hard way. St. X’s offense and defense came out ready to play in prime form, and crushed the Bulldogs by a final score of 5-1.
Its hard to believe that this current Tiger offense went on a four game skid of not scoring any goals early in the regular season, especially after Thursday night’s performance. St. X made some big changes in their offensive scheme late in the year, moving Andrew Schaefer more towards a center-mid position, and creating the new offensive striker pair of Klayton Grimes and Dean Mock.
The striking tandem of Mock and Grimes has proven to be essential in the Tigers scoring efforts, and they continued create goals against Male. In the 11th minute, Grimes was given a perfect through-ball up the middle of the field and past the Male defenders. With a quick touch, Grimes stuck his shot into the back of the net, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
As halftime neared, the Tiger offense once again began to penetrate the shaky Bulldog defense. In the 34th minute, St. X’s wonder-boy Dean Mock swooped into Male’s goalie box. Mock ripped a shot past the goalie, pushing St. X out to a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Tigers experienced a quick scare coming out of the break, as Male quickly ran down the field and scored, making it a close 2-1 game with an entire second half to play. St. X responded with poise, though, and scored two quick goals in the 54th minute to crush the Bulldog’s small momentum. The Tigers dominated the last 25 minutes of play, adding another goal in the 76th minute. At the end of the game, Tiger Soccer took home the 5-1 victory.
After Tuesday night’s win over Collegiate, senior and goal scoring prodigy Mock said that the Tiger soccer team would put Male in their place. After the victory he explained the key aspects to their victory over the Bulldogs.
“Our entire team stepped up,” Mock said. “We really showed them that their first win over us was a total fluke.”
Senior Klayton Grimes, who has been a top scorer consistently all season, explained why the win felt so great.
“Its been a rough season and we’re finally bringing it together, Grimes said. “Every part of the team is working well together.”
“We’re going to win state or die trying,” Mock finished with complete sincerity.
With their great performance against Male, the Tigers won the district tournament. Next up for St. X is the regional tournament, where they look to bring their perfectly cooperating team. Every game is important, and St. X hopes to leave everything they’ve worked for out on the field.