MOUNT CARMEL -- Mount Carmel soccer coach Ed Berberich knew the Aces would face a colossal challenge against Big Eight foe Washington, the Hatchets proved why it would be a challenge, defeating the Aces 8-1 on Monday night at Wabash Valley College.
Washington (9-0-1) entered the contest undefeated and ranked No. 36 in the country according to the Fall Fab 50 High School soccer rankings, their one blemish, a tie against Zionsville Community High School, also undefeated with a 8-0-2 record and ranked No. 35 in the country in the Fab 50.
The Hatchets struck early, scoring five goals in the first 14 minutes of the game -- continuing to pour it on, they expanded the lead to 7-0 prior to the half.
"We started to hang our heads for a little bit, but we bounced back from that so I was glad to see that," coach Berberich spoke of his team. "I could tell them, whatever they can do against a team like this, you can magnify that when you get to teams aren't quite that good. So if we keep working on the stuff we keep wanting to do, having a little bit of success here, that can carry on to the other games."
The second half featured many of Washington's reserves, but the Aces managed to hold their own. They allowed the eighth goal of the game in the 48th minute, but just 30 seconds later, sophomore Britton Heinrich assisted sophomore Beau Stipp who scored the Aces first goal of the game. The goal reduced the margin to an 8-1 deficit that would prove to be the final.
The aces mustered just three shots against the overwhelming pressure from Washington, two of which being on the goal.
"Even the second unit of a team like this is going to be better than most of the teams we're going to face," coach Berberich said. "So yeah, the scoreboard tells part of the story, they were really good, but it doesn't tell the whole story. We did some good things out there. The first couple years I got up here, the games against Washington and Jasper we typically didn't get a shot off against them. Last few years that's changed so hopefully we can keep building on that and go from there."
Sophomore goalkeeper Tye Kanipe has an especially busy day for the Aces, as Washington fired 27 shots, 22 of which being on the frame. Kanipe had 14 saves in the game.
The Aces won't receive much of a break, they travel to face Jasper High School on Tuesday (Sept. 11) at 5 p.m. Jasper enters the contest as one of the top teams in the state of Indiana. They enter the game on a seven-game win streak and sit at 7-1.
"Again, some things to build on and another tough game tomorrow so hopefully they're ready to come out and play hard again in a tough situation," coach Berberich said.