The boys soccer team dropped a “chippy” match to Mississinewa 7-2. Ethan Watt and Steffen Hoover each scored. Watt added an assist. Game Foster had 14 saves in goal.
Coach Brad Batman said, “Coach Gearheart and I noticed a difference in our team’s mentality today. The guys came in early for this match ready to play. For the first time this season, we felt dominant physically, offensively, and with possession of the ball.
We managed to score first. Ethan Watt dribbled the ball through the entire Mississinewa team and past the keeper before taking an easy shot on the open goal. Steffen’s goal came later in the second half when he found some unmarked space and shot off a pass from Ethan to the near post.”
He continued, “Mississinewa was able to score on five different set pieces. Three of those goals were corner kicks, and the other two were penalty kicks. Without those designed plays and unfortunate calls in the box, we tie that match.
“Mississinewa was taller and seemed to be more athletic which is why they were able to convert those corner kicks. Both teams played a tough, physical match which is what Coach Reel (Mississinewa) and I wanted. With only two weeks left in the season, we have to be ready to battle for a full 80 minutes. I feel like we accomplished that today.
Bruin Braydon Kunz was commended by an official for his efforts to calm his teammates who were struggling a bit with their composure. The report was sent to the IHSAA. The Athletic Department commends Braydon for his leadership.
The Bruins (1-8-1) head to Wapahani on Tuesday, September 24 for a 5:00pm contest.