Tuesday, September 7 marked the opening of the Mississippi Valley conference schedule for the Highlands men’s soccer team and the Bulldogs had a great opportunity to make some noise at the start of the conference race against Triad.
HHS had good scoring chances in every half but couldn’t capitalize as the Knights used early goals from Sam Beeman and Roger Weber along with a late goal from Toby Suter to register a victory by shutout 3-0 against the host Bulldogs.
For Triad, who improved to 4-0-1 (1-0 in conference), the performance was somewhat uneven but nevertheless effective.
“After we had five days off – and we gave the kids a few days off – I was hoping we would get out of it with the fire and it wasn’t very pretty (sometimes). But getting the first conference win of the year and getting a shutout at Highland and getting a 3-0 win is a good deal, ”said Triad coach Jim Jackson.
Less than two minutes later, the Knights took a 1-0 lead over Beeman’s goal.
At 28:04 of the first half, the Bulldogs had a great opportunity to level the score and change the game’s momentum as senior forward Alex Roach was pulled out and given a penalty opportunity.
However, his kick failed.
“Usually that’s the one he buries and it happens in some games… we’ve had a lot of other chances as well,” Highlands coach Jay Robertson said. “It just hasn’t been done today (tagging). “
Barely a minute later, Triad seized another opportunity as Weber, a senior full-back, scored on a center pass on a nice kick slipped past the end zone to make it 2-0.
Jackson was happy to see the opportune scoring start from his full-backs and midfielders.
“We’ve had a lot of goals from our midfielder and our full-back and I think it’s Roger’s third or fourth goal of the year, and he’s one of our center-backs,” Jackson said. .
Suter’s goal with 34.2 seconds left topped the score.
“Their goalie (Luke Stieb) played well, but we just put the ball in the right places,” said Jackson.
After going 4-1 to start the season, Robertson is hopeful his senior-led club will take the setback and benefit from it.
“I think on the pitch we’ve had better days lately and hopefully this is the one we can forget and move on and hope to learn a bit and move on,” Robertson said. .
Brayden Tonn got the shutout for Triad’s goal. Steib took the loss for the Bulldogs.
The HHS (4-2, 0-1 in conference) return to action at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, with a road game against enemy MVC Civic Memorial.