2014 Saint Xavier Soccer is in the Books
Thursday night the Tigers battled against arch-rival Trinity in their third playoff game. The Tigers came into the game holding on to a seven game winning streak, and hoped to continue their pace.
Trinity, who beat St. X 2-0 in the regular season matchup, proved to be too much for the Tigers to handle, though, and defeated St. X by a final score of 3-0.
Just as the previous matchup had gone, the game started out even, with both teams having good offensive pressure. Nearing the end of the first half, Trinity broke through the Tiger’s defensive line with a great cross, and Kyler Armistead scored the first goal of the game.
The Rocks carried the momentum into the second half, as they continually pressured the Tiger’s end of the field. Again in the 52nd minute, Armistead scored, boosting the Rocks out to a 2-0 lead.
The final goal was scored by Trinity in the 70th minute on a header by Drew Goetze after a beautiful corner kick from Sam Stockton, giving the Rocks a nearly impenetrable lead as the game headed into the final ten minutes of action. After full time, the Rocks prevailed victorious over the Tigers, knocking St. X out of the playoffs and ending the Tigers’ season.
“We had trouble coming from behind and rebounding from the goals,” said senior midfielder and captain Clay Brown. “We played the game we were going to play and that’s about it. Goals were going to be let in, but we just couldn’t rebound.”
“I wish we could have given you guys a better result,” remarked Senior Dean Mock, “But I’m proud of the way we fought. I appreciate all the fans coming out.”
As far as looking back on his soccer journey at St. X, Brown was nothing short of grateful.
“The tradition at St. X is great, but its really the guys and the memories with the team that are the best.”
Trinity has advanced to play KCD in Region 7 Final on October 25th.
All of us here at WSTX Sports want to give the Tiger Soccer team our best wishes, and thank them for such a great 2014 season. It was certainly one to be remembered.