By Ed Berberich
MOUNT VERNON, ILL. -- The Aces hit the road again to play another Mt Vernon, the Illinois version this time, winning the match 3-0. Britton Heinrich scored the game's first goal 3 minutes in, assisted by Rayce Loudermilk. The rest of the first half saw no more goals though, ending at 1-0. Loudermilk and Heinrich would combine again, with Loudermilk giving the Aces a little breathing room, scoring with 20 minutes left on an assist by Heinrich. The pair would work together once again to add the Aces' 3rd goal in the 66th minute when Loudermilk scored his 2nd goal, again assisted by Heinrich. The Aces took 20 shots, 12 on goal, took 3 corner kicks & created 16 additional scoring chances. The Rams took 15 shots, 8 on goal, and took 4 corner kicks.
Our first half play was a little up and down. We did some good stuff, but overall were inconsistent, so it was good to have gotten an early lead. We came out much stronger in the 2nd half, possessing the ball better & creating some good scoring opportunities with combinations among players. We also did a better job as a team defensively, applying pressure to the ball much quicker and more decisively than in the 1st. Maybe the thing we were most happy about was the fact that we seemed to play stronger as the game wore on, something that hasn't really happened yet. That's a good sign that we're starting to get our legs under us a bit more, as this is probably the best sustained period we've had when ending a game. The fact that all this came against maybe the most physical team we've played yet makes this performance even better. We've got our 2 toughest opponents coming up in back-to-back conference games so this effort was good to see.
The Aces pick back up with conference play on Monday 9/11 with a road match against the conference leading Washington Hatchets, who sit at 6-2-1 (2-0). The win puts the Aces' record at 5-1 (1-0).