After learning that things don’t come easy in the ISL after a 0-0 draw with last-place Gibson Co., the Jr. soccer Aces made sure to leave no doubters on Wednesday in the home finale. Mt. Carmel scored six goals in the first half and went on to a 9-2 non-league win over Albion on the WVC pitch. The victory assured a winning season for the 6-2-2 Aces, who have two game remaining in their season.
“It seemed some lessons were learned from the (Gibson Co.) game, as we came out strong from the beginning of the game,” said Jr. Aces coach Ed Berberich.
Simon Berberich and Ryan Webb both had hat tricks in the first half, splitting the six goals the Aces scored.
Cole Linson, Stone Patberg and Grady Wilkinson rounded out the scoring in the second half. Albion scored goals in the 50th and 65th minute.
At Gibson County on Monday, Berberich said the Aces “dominated possession of the ball throughout the game.”
But, the host Titans packed their team back into their defensive end, leaving only one player upfield.
Even though the game was still played at Mt. Carmel’s end, the Aces could not find the net.
“We took 29 shots with 17 of those being on frame and 12 missing, but few that missed badly,” Berberich said.
The tie at least salvaged one point in the ISL race.
“It was a tie, which is better than nothing, but it felt like a loss as the whole team felt we should have won the game,” he said.
The Aces still have two ISL games left on the schedule. One of them was scheduled for Thursday at Washington, but was canceled due to field conditions. Mt. Carmel is 4-2-2 in the ISL 3rd Purple Division with 14 points, good for second place behind powerhouse Owensboro Ligers (6-0).
Wednesday was also Eighth Grade Night, with the eighth grade members of the team being recognized.