MOUNT CARMEL -- A two-game stretch of Washington and Jasper proved to be brutal to the Aces, who fell in the two games by a combined margin of 17-2. With the overwhelming stretch over, Mount Carmel seized a great opportunity and bounced back against Evansville Day School 8-0 on Friday at Wabash Valley College.
"After these last two really tough games, we were hoping to come out a little stronger to start in this one," coach Ed Berberich spoke of his team. "The game eventually saw a lot of goals from us, but we were fairly sloppy in our play for most of it, especially in the first half."
Coach Berberich's Aces (6-3) got on the board quickly in the critical bounce back game, as sophomore Beau Stipp knocked in a goal at the 6th minute, taking a 1-0 lead. They went on a 21 minute stretch without scoring following Stipp's goal, but Stipp ended the drought with a goal in the 27th minute on an assist from sophomore Rayce Loudermilk.
In the next two minutes Loudermilk managed to score himself, adding two goals to increase Mt. Carmel's lead to 4-0. In the 32nd minute sophomore Britton Heinrich got on the board off yet another Loudermilk assist, bringing the tally to 5-0 just before the half.
In the second half sophomore Jarrett West, junior Adam Stoneberger and sophomore Jack Deisher added goals to increase the lead to what would prove to be the final tally at 8-0.
Following the tough stretch, the Aces' offensive attack exploded, taking 32 shots, 23 of which being on the goal and 11 additional chances created. Sophomore goalie Tye Kanipe had just two saves, as Evansville Day could muster just four shots against the rejuvenated Aces.
Despite the offensive resurgence, coach Berberich still says his team still needs to improve in several areas, namely ball movement and positioning.
"We really didn't show enough movement off the ball, or positional awareness for large swaths of the match," coach Berberich said. "We got a little better at that in the second half, but we really need to focus a little more in terms of where we need to get to on the field to give our teammates options & support when they have the ball."
The Aces, who now sit at 6-3 and 0-3 in the Big Eight, have another challenging path ahead, starting with Big Eight foe Boonville on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at home, then following with Richland County and a couple Big Eight Conference games. The positive side, three of the four matches are at home.
Coach Berberich does like the potential of this team winding down the stretch, though.
"We've got the talent to do some good stuff out there so if we can keep working on putting the whole package together for 80 minutes at a time, in being more disciplined positionally and being more active as a team without the ball, then we really like the potential we have."