Despite tough effort, Wildcats fall


Chris Barnett

Nick Hoeflinger and Mitch Chambliss show a lot of effort against Vianney, Oct. 10.

Boys Varsity Soccer fell to Vianney 3-0 at home, Oct. 10.

Just over a minute into the game, Justin Armfield, forward, re-injured his ankle, rolling it, in the far corner of the field.

After the injury, the Wildcats attempted to use the obstacle as motivation for the rest of the game.

“’It amped us up,” Kyle Gardner, midfield, said. “It sucks that we lost such a good player, but it was good motivation for a while.”

The Wildcats seemed to keep that intensity for the first half of the game with quite a few good plays including a diving save by Sam Peterson, goalie.

However, with 21 minutes remaining in the first half, Vianney struck first with a header just out of Peterson’s reach.

“We lost our marks on the first goal,” Mr. Michael Hanna, assistant coach, said. “We just didn’t execute.”

After halftime Vianney struck with another goal just six minutes into the second half, which led to a few adjustments for the Wildcats by turning up the intensity.

“We stayed pretty upbeat,” Coach Hanna said. “We actually turned up the pressure which led to some chances.”

With less than 10 minutes to go the Wildcats put two shots near the far post to try and trim the lead and put themselves in a position to attempt a comeback.

“When we turned up the pressure, it created chances, but it also led to [Vianney’s] third goal,” Coach Hanna said.

With eight-and-a-half minutes remaining, Vianney added another insurance goal to put them up 3-0.

Vianney defeated the Wildcats for the second time this season and improved their record to 13-2.

EHS dropped to 10-5 with the loss.

“We’re just trying to turn up the pressure in the rest of our games,” Coach Hanna said.

The next game for the Wildcats is at home against MICDS at 6 p.m., Oct. 14.