An exciting weekend did not lead to a letdown on Tuesday.
On the contrary, the Saint Ignatius soccer program recorded three wins in a sweep of University School on the road on Tuesday.
The varsity team won, 9-1, JV A took home a 5-0 victory, and JV B emerged with a 3-1 triumph. Not a bad night to be a Wildcat!
With the win, the Wildcats remain undefeated across all three levels. The varsity squad stands at 9-0-2, JV A holds a 10-0-1 mark, and JV B sits at 9-0-0.
The varsity game proved to be the highlight of the night. After the offense fought to score against tough St. Benedict's and Columbus St. Charles defenses, the Wildcats lit the scoreboard nine times in Hunting Valley. Scoring nine goals certainly felt good.
"After a great, busy weekend, it was nice to get back out on the field. After Friday night's game against St. Benedict's, the boys know what they're capable of doing," said Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85. "They can play with any team in this country. On Saturday, we tied a team that really defended well with an outstanding goalkeeper. It was nice to get back to scoring goals."
No Wildcat shined as bright as Kyle Folds on Tuesday.
The senior showed why he's one of the top Division I recruits in the country. Folds found the back of the net four times in a great night for the Indiana commit. All season long, Folds has been a critical playmaker for the Wildcats. His impact has not always been displayed on the scoresheet, as Folds has played huge roles on defense and in the midfield in pushing the ball forward.
But on Tuesday, Folds made sure everyone in attendance knew his name.
Folds showcased his extraordinary skills in finding open space and making opponents pay for giving him room to work. Folds put on an offensive clinic.
"It was wonderful for Kyle Folds to score four goals. It doesn't happen too often," Coach McLaughlin said. "Kyle really works hard. You get your rewards in a lot of different ways, including in the win column, but it's nice to put a few balls into the back of the net, too. That's a nice reward for his hard work. I'm happy for Kyle."
Fellow captain Matthew McLaughlin also found a spot on Coach Joe Popelka's stat sheet. McLaughlin buried two balls into the back of the net in impressive fashion. The senior also nabbed an assist, officially tying the career assist mark with his 41st apple of his Wildcat career.
Watch out, Mark Blades! One more assist, and Matthew will have his name enshrined on the record board.
Three other Wildcats also chipped in goals. Everett Shorey, Luciano Pechota, and Danny Kalic buried goals for the Wildcats.
While Shorey and Pechota have been frequent goal scorers, the tally marks the first of the season for Kalic. A stalwart defender, Kalic makes his living in the back line, swatting away enemy attempts on net. But on Tuesday, Kalic enjoyed the glory of scoring. The goal also happens to be the first of his career with the Wildcats. Kalic deserves his time in the limelight – his hard work and good attitude have not gone unnoticed during his season and career. Kalic is a great young man with a bright future ahead of him.
Another solid young man who played well on Tuesday is Danny Radigan. The senior has been working hard to hone his craft all year. The backup goalie played the second half vs. University School, and performed quite well.
Overall, Coach Mike was happy to get a win to advance to 9-0-2 on the year.
"University School is a young team, but they have some good soccer players. They're going to be good for the next couple of years, but right now, they're a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores," he said. "It was good to score goals and let everybody play."
As crazy as it sounds, the regular season is more than halfway over. Just five games remain in the regular season. The next match on the schedule is on Saturday. The Wildcats will head west to challenge Toledo St. Francis for a 7 pm showdown.
The Knights currently sport a 3-6-3 record. The Wildcats and Knights have one common opponent – Toledo St. John's Jesuit, who the Wildcats bested 3-0 in August. Last year, the Wildcats beat St. Francis, 6-2.
"Our sights are on this weekend on Toledo St. Francis. They're having an up-and-down season, but they're good," McLaughlin said. "They have a good program and they play a really tough schedule, so they'll definitely put up a fight."