MOUNT VERNON -- It was senior Iacopo Clementi who hat tricked on Wednesday, leading the Aces to a 6-1 rout of Mount Vernon (Ill.) and ensuring his Aces remained undefeated.
Clementi opened the match with his first goal of the night in the 14th minute, scoring with a key pass coming from fellow senior Checco Terna. The Rams would respond 16 minutes later, proving to be one of the few teams who've been capable of scoring on the Aces and tying the game at 1-1.
The tie wouldn't last long however, as the Aces answered with two goals of their own in a six minute span.
The first came from junior Britton Heinrich on an assist by Clementi, the second on Clementi's second goal of the night on an assist by junior Beau Stipp, giving the Aces a 3-1 advantage entering halftime.
Despite boasting a halftime lead, Berberich wasn't particularly enthusiastic with his team's first half effort.
"In the first half of this one, we just got outworked by Mount Vernon," Berberich said. "They wanted the ball more than we did it seemed, and we weren't moving really well without the ball offensively."
From there it was all Aces, they'd add three goals in the second half, the first coming in the 49th minute when Heinrich scored his second goal of the match on an assist by junior Jarrett West.
Clementi completed his hat trick in the 50th minute on an assist by junior Rayce Loudermilk, putting the Aces ahead 5-0. The scoring would conclude with Loudermilk's goal in the 75th minute to secure the 6-1 victory.
For the match the Aces took 22 shots, 16 on frame and created 10 additional chances. They added a pair of corners and had four interceptions. Aces junior goalie Tye Kanipe had three saves on the night, defending against Mount Vernon's six shots, two being on frame.
As the season winds down, Berberich hopes his team might regain some of the swagger and dominance they've portrayed throughout the first half of the season. When they come out of the gate wanting to instill their will, they're more than capable and demonstrate their explosive attack accordingly.
"Our schedule picks back up a bit starting Monday so we're hoping our intensity and sharpness will pick up as the games start coming a little more frequently," Berberich said. "We were on a roll coming into this stretch and it seems like the time between matches has thrown us off just a little bit. All of our results are on MaxPreps so we're not going to be sneaking up on anybody and that's something we need to keep in mind as we come out to the start of these games."
The Aces also had their third JV match of the season following the varsity game, one the Aces won 2-1. Junior Brady Decker scored two goals, with freshman Eli Bertram assisting Decker on both goals. Decker's final goal came in the last four minutes of the game to give the Aces the victory.
Mount Carmel (10-0) remains unbeaten in both varsity and JV (3-0). They're ranked No. 4 in MaxPreps.com's IHSA 1A Boys Soccer rankings, falling from their previous ranking of third with their last couple lackadaisical performances.
Their next match will be at home on Monday, Sept. 23 against North Posey. The Vikings enter the match with a 6-3-1 record and may be one of the tougher opponents the Aces have faced as of late, as the Vikings are 6-0-1 in their last seven matches.