The Tiger Soccer team went on the road Thursday night to face the third-ranked Oldham County Colonels. The Tigers responded to adversity and came back to get the win after being down 3-1 with 12 minutes remaining. Seniors Trent Stigler and Colin Kremer along with sophomore Lucas Mudd supplied the goals tonight.
The Tigers started off slow against the physical style of the Colonels. Early in the game junior goalie Clayton Allen made a few saves including a spectacular diving save in the 5th minute. The Tigers’ best chance of the first half came when sophomore Bennett Moorman dribbled past the Colonel defender and dropped one off to Stigler. Stigler ripped a shot, but the OC goalie, who played a solid game, saved it with relative ease. A ball finally found its way into the back of the net when the Tigers’ back line had a miscommunication which resulted in an empty net opportunity for the Oldham County forward. The score would remain 1-0 up to halftime. But, if not for a few Clayton Allen saves, the score could have been much worse for the Tigers.
At the beginning of the second half, the Colonels added another goal on a perfectly placed shot. That goal made the score 2-0 in the 46th minute. The Tigers finally got on the board when senior Graham Reynolds drew a penalty. Stigler put it in and brought the Tigers to within one with 24 minutes left in the game. With just over 15 minutes remaining, the Colonels scored once more, putting them ahead 3-1. It looked like the Tigers were out of it when, in the 68th minute, Stigler headed a corner kick in. The Tigers were pressing and trying to get the ball forward when, in the 72nd minute, Kremer, thanks to a Stigler pass, was able to get the shot past the keeper to bring the score to 3-3.
A draw would have been a more than satisfactory result given how the game had started, but in the 76th minute Mudd, thanks to another beautiful pass from Stigler, was able to beat the OC keeper and give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. That would be the score at the final buzzer, and the Tiger’s magnificent comeback was complete.
“This game meant a lot to the entire team,” Mudd said. “We were down 2-0, and we came together, and we got some good goals. We just have to keep it up.”
Stigler, who scored two goals and assisted on the others, credited the comeback to the defense.
“Honestly, it started with our defense. Brett [Hulsmeyer] came in, he played like a man. [Andrew] Schnurr played like a man the whole game,” Stigler said. “The team rallied around the captains and picked our game up in the second half.”
The Tigers came into the game as the lower ranked of the two soccer teams, and for the first 50 minutes it looked like that was the case. In the end, the Tigers were able to orchestrate a comeback, scoring 3 goals in under 8 minutes. And like senior Nick Eimers said after the game, “It’s non-stop from here boys.”
Tiger Soccer passed their biggest test of the early season Thursday night, as they defeated South Oldham 2-1. South Oldham came into the game, as the #4 team in the state and defeated the Tigers last year 2-0. Junior Trent Ennenbach and senior Colin Kremer both scored in the first half.
“This definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” Kremer said. “It’s an overall moral booster for the team to get these couple of wins in a row. We’re on a hot streak, and we’ve got a lot of confidence going.”
South Oldham struck first in the 16th minute, as they got a goal past Tiger goalie Davis George. 5 minutes later, Ennenbach scored the equalizer off a header from junior Beau Brooks.
Kremer scored the go-ahead goal and game winner in the 38th minute, as he nailed the goal from 20 feet out on a free kick. In the second half, the Tigers controlled possession and didn’t let the Dragons have many opportunities to score.
“During that first part of the first half, we were kind of shaky on defense,” Kremer said. “I just think we came out a little slow, so we just got to work on getting focused from the start and working on our communication in the back.”
This was a huge win for Tiger Soccer, as they defeated a very good South Oldham team. South Oldham was runner-up last year at the State Playoffs and just defeated a good Paul Dunbar team 3-0. If the wins against Collegiate and Daviess County didn’t prove they are contenders this year, this win against South Oldham did just that.
Tiger Soccer improves to 4-1 on the season.
NEXT GAME: Wednesday @ Male – 7:30 pm
The Tiger Soccer team only led for a total of 37 seconds but that’s all they needed, as the Tigers pulled out the 2-1 thriller over Daviess County on Saturday afternoon. Seniors Trent Stigler and Colin Kremer led the way for the Tigers in the scoring department in the 55th and 79th minute, respectively.
“We got a week full of games coming up and two good wins in a row right there,” Kremer said. “They’re top 10 ten in the state, so it was good to take them down on our home field.”
The Tigers had multiple opportunities in the early portion of the game to score a goal, but the Daviess County goalie was able to keep the shots in front of him. Junior Sam Graber had a great shot on goal in the 23rd minute and forced the Panthers’ goalie to make a good save. Six minutes later though, it was Daviess County who scored the first goal of the game. The Panthers led St. X 1-0 in the 29th minute.
With time running down late in the first half, Kremer ripped a shot from 25 yards out, but it went left of the goal. Daviess County took the lead going into halftime up 1-0.
In the 55th minute, Stigler scored the equalizer off a Penalty Kick to tie the game up at one. When it hit the 70th minute, everything seemed to speed up, as both teams tried to find the game winning goal. Kremer was the one to find the back of the net in the 79th minute for the game winner and to give St. X the 2-1 win.
“I saw Bennett Moorman dribbling down the field, and he got tangled up with one of their defenders,” Kremer said. “They both went down, and I took over. I missed a breakaway earlier in the game, so I wanted to make that one.”
Tiger Soccer moves to 2-1 on the season.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday @ Floyd Central – 7:30 pm
Saint Xavier Soccer is looking good for the 2015 season after having several juniors play meaningful roles on this year’s squad. There’s quite a bit of time before the Tigers will lace up the cleats for a regular season game, but one St. X player has already caught the nation’s attention.
Rising senior midfielder Colin Kremer was named to the 2015 High School All-American Soccer Game watch list. The game will be played on December 6th, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kremer was one of five players from Kentucky selected on the West Team watch list, which also included Kremer’s friend and fellow midfielder Greg Fischer of Trinity.
He was upbeat when he found out he was selected for the list, as you could imagine.
“I was pretty excited,” Kremer said. “All the hard work I have been putting in is paying off.”
The game, which is sponsored by Adidas, will feature the East and West’s best 20 players (2 goalkeepers, 6 defenders, 6 midfielders and 6 forwards). Although there is no concrete geographical dividing line that separates the East and West, the selection committee of over twenty members does its best balancing job to have the best players in the nation divided with the most sensible geographic placement as possible.
Kremer is one of about 150 initial candidates across the country selected via ballot by the committee. There will be three more ballots taken throughout the season by the committee to select the final roster for each team. Each ballot will cut the field of candidates to 75, 50 and 40 players, respectively, from the initial 150 player pool. He feels that he has a good shot.
“I certainly think I am pretty close, but I definitely need to prove myself [next season] to solidify myself in that group,” Kremer explained. “If I play like I know I can, I can see myself on that list at the end of the year.”
If Kremer were to make a final roster, he would be the second St. X player ever to play in the game, which started in 2011. Kaelin Fox, who is now playing for the University of Kentucky, was the first Tiger to play in the game when he made the final cut in 2012.
Kremer will be one of multiple key returnees for St. X Head Coach Andy Schulten. Goalie Davis George, forward Graham Reynolds, midfielder Trent Stigler, defender Eric Brangers, and forward Andrew Schnurr all either started or had significant playing time for St. X last season. He likes St. X’s chances to get back to the top next season for the first time since 2012.
“I’m really excited about our team coming in next year,” Kremer said. “We’ll have some really experienced seniors in me, Trent and Davis that can hopefully lead our team into the playoffs. Hopefully [being named an All-American] will come with a state ring, too.”
From everyone here at WSTX Sports, Best of luck Colin!
The St. X soccer team advanced over Ballard High School on Tuesday night to keep themselves on track towards the state championship. In what was a scoreless game for 90 full minutes, The Tigers prevailed in penalty kicks to knock out the Bruins, who had defeated the Tigers 1-0 earlier in the regular season.
Solid possessions were hard to come by for both teams in the match, and the scoreboard reflected this. St. X had dominated in recent games, but their scoring fire power was tamed by the Bruins defense. After full regulation time had passed and still no team had scored, the teams played two 5-minute halves of sudden death overtime. St. X finally started to attack hard on net in the second overtime period, but still could not convert.
Overtime passed, and the game went in to penalty kicks. Both Ballard and the Tigers made their first three penalty kicks. On Ballard’s fourth attempt, Bruin striker Tucker Monheimer hit the ball high and far outside of the goal. Junior Colin Kremer followed the Bruin miss, nailing the ball “exactly where I always hit it in practice.” The game came down to Graham Reynold’s attempt. He struck the ball with poise and netted it past the keeper, immediately ending the game and giving St. X the victory.
“I was completely confident in our team,” Junior Goalie Davis George said after the game. “We’re starting to play as a team and people are starting to notice us.”
“This team can do a lot more than most people think,” Reynolds said with a smile, having just clinched the victory. “Our work ethic and skill combined puts us at a level that’s beyond most other teams in the state.” Thursday night, Graham explained, is just another chance to show “everybody that we can be the best.”
St. X plays Trinity in a grudge match on Thursday at Assumption Green in the next round of playoffs. Trinity, who defeated the Tigers in the regular season by a score of 2-0, is coming off of their first round of regional playoffs, where they defeated Central High School by enforcing the mercy rule, 10-0. In the earlier match between the Tigers and the Rocks, the difference in score came late in the game off of two quick goals from Trinity’s Greg Fischer.
So far in the playoffs, St. X has defeated two teams that beat them previously in the regular season.
“That certainly seems to be a trend, doesn’t it,” said Kremer with a smirk. “I love the underdog role. We don’t have anything to lose. Whatever happens happens, but we’re going to put it all on the line.”
St. X is currently rolling on a 7 game winning streak, and the Tigers don’t intend to have their streak stopped on Thursday.
Saint Xavier High School did not take home the soccer state championship last season after capturing back-to-back titles the previous two seasons.
However, that may not necessarily be a bad thing. This year’s group of Tigers are hungrier than ever to reclaim their spot atop the mountain.
St. X loses 12 seniors from last season’s team, including prolific strikers Joe Workman and Jack Somervell along with a premier goalkeeper in Wes Luvisi. Although the Tigers lose a lot of talent from graduation, they still have a lot of skill and ability to work with.
“We still have a lot to work on, but we have the potential to make a run in the (state) tournament this year,” says senior striker Klayton Grimes. “We don’t have any star players. We are just a solid team.”
It will be up to Grimes and fellow senior striker Dean Mock to replace the production of Workman and Somervell. Workman led the team in goals during both his junior and senior seasons, and it will be very interesting to see if Mock and Grimes can fill the large shoes of the departed seniors.
The state of affairs in the midfield is perhaps the most exciting part of this year’s Tigers. Wizard midfielders Bobby Buse and Matt “Kid” Effinger are no longer a part of the squad, but there are plenty of promising Tigers to make up for the losses. Seniors Zach Vititoe, Clay Brown, Andrew Schaefer, and Austin Goodman will be great, and they will also be aided by juniors Trent Stigler and Colin Kremer. Stigler and Kremer logged very important minutes on the varsity stage last season as sophomores, and they could be in store for huge third seasons.
The back end of Tiger Soccer should be as impressive as ever. Luvisi graduates, but the Tigers return another stellar stopper in senior Alex Popovich. Much like it was last season with Luvisi, it will be extremely tough for opponents to get anything past him, as his quick insticts and agility allow him to react to any shot in an instant.
Grimes says that St. X’s depth will help the Tigers a lot, but one thing the team needs to work on is making all the players work in synchronized organization.
“One of our strengths this year will be our numbers. We have a lot of players who can come off the bench and play,” Grimes explains. “We still need to work on our communication, though. The key to making the run (to state) will be leadership.”
Regardless of how much talent a team has at its disposal, it really helps when a strong head coach can anchor the unit. Luckily for St. X, it has one of the best in Andy Schulten. He has proven through the years that he is one of the best coaches in America, even winning the National Coach of the Year one season. The players recognize how important he and top assistant Nathan Durbin are to team success.
“They are vital to the team,” says Grimes. “They push us everyday in practice and make us better players everyday.”
The Tigers began their season on Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Christian Academy in a scrimmage. Brown and Schaefer each put two shots pass the Centurion goalie to fuel St. X. It wasn’t hard at all to notice Schaefer’s impact on the game; he was a blur, flying everywhere and constantly disrupting CAL’s rhythm.
Brown was happy to be on the field with his teammates for the first time in while. Like many players and fans, he’s excited for what this season could hold.
“It felt good to be back out there with the team,” Brown says. “We still have a couple of holes we need to fill to be where we want, but I think we have the right people out there to fill them.”