OLNEY, Ill. - Aces soccer coach Ed Berberich was worried about what he saw in pre-game drills before Tuesday’s game.
“We didn’t appear to have much energy. and sure enough, that carried over into the game,” Berberich said.
Olney scored three first-half goals - including a back-breaker 10 seconds before intermission - and rolled to a 5-1 win in non-conference play.
“We weren’t aggressive in trying to win the ball, and when we did have it, players weren’t moving well without the ball,” Berberich said. “Giving up the goal in the final seconds really hurt.”
The Aces played better in the second half, Berberich said, and scored their only goal in the 60th minute when Triston Dillard found the net after a pass from Jesse Brown freed him up.
Olney scored two more goals to account for the final.
Berberich said his club continues to give away too many opportunities, especially in the attacking third of the field, “with poor passes or shot attempts from far outside our range.” He said more patient passing in that part of the field should lead to more goals.
Mt. Carmel hosts Effingham today at 4:30 p.m. on the WVC pitch.