Coming off of four games of winless play and 17 days since their last home match, the Saint Ignatius varsity soccer team was hungry on Tuesday night.
The young Soccer Cats notched a quality performance a cool Tuesday evening, earning a 4-0 victory on Wasmer Field.
The visitors, the Aurora Greenmen, came in with a ton of experience. The Greemen boast a roster registering 11 seniors and 3 juniors. This team was big, tall, and came to play. Yet, Aurora’s experience could not help them against a talented Wildcats squad.
The first goal of the came 10 minutes into the contest. Korey Nekoloff came speeding down the left side, guarded closely. Seeing no one in the box, the junior cut in sharply, and in Arjen Robben form, hit a two-time rip into the bottom near corner.
The goal got the Wildcats rolling. From then on, the game was controlled by the hosts. A new game plan found former central defender Bryce Horton now leading the Wildcats from the front. In his new No. 9 spot, Horton made an early impact. Horton took a nice through ball and with his left boot and put it away easily past the keeper with less than ten minutes to play in the first half.
The Wildcats came into the break leading and feeling good with a 2-0 lead, yet the task was not over.
Horton continued to show good skill up front and delivered a nice assist to sophomore Matt McLaughlin, who tallied the team’s third goal with thirty minutes to play. Again, Horton found a teammate for a goal, this time Austin Zeleznik, who also has a changed role recently, moving higher up the pitch.
For the rest of the game, the Wildcats controlled the possession and the Greenmen did not have any major scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper Peter Van Ewen not only walked away with a clean sheet, but also wasn't worked once in the contest.
The Wildcats will now look to keep it going on Senior Night at Wasmer Field on Saturday night against Erie Prep.