It may only be worth one point in the ISL soccer standings. But, a tie against powerhouse Washington is as good as a win against most. Considering the Junior Aces found themselves down by two goals in the second half made Friday night’s 3-3 deadlock on the WVC pitch seem all the much sweeter.
“I was proud that we didn’t pack it in after falling behind a very tough opponent,” said Aces coach Ed Berberich. Rather, his team “kept working and attacking Washington until we were able to tie it up.”
The Hatchets got on the board first with a goal 42 seconds into the match. Mt. Carmel (1-0-1, 0-0-1 in ISL) settled in and eventually tied the game in the 19th minute on a goal by Cole Linson assisted by Brayden Stipp.
Washington scored again before halftime to take a 2-1 lead into the break. In the 44th minute, the Hatchet lead grew to 3-1, but that would be the last goal the visitors would end up with.
Five minutes later, the Stipp to Linson combination worked for a second time as the Aces cut the deficit to 3-2. Simon Berberich then knotted the game in the 60th minute with an assist from Ryan Webb.
“Even if we hadn’t been able to get the equalizing scores, we showed a lot of heart and teamwork with our play tonight,” Berberich said.
The Junior Aces played without goalkeeper Stone Patberg, splitting the time in net between Berberich and Grady Wilkinson.
Mt. Carmel plays at Evansville SWISA on Tuesday night. The Aces next home game is Sunday, April 21 against Owensboro United.