Too little, too latePublished 8:32am Thursday, May 1, 2014
It was an ugly day on the pitch weather-wise and play-wise, as the Benjamin Russell Wildcats saw their season come to a close at the hands of Homewood High School.
The Patriots prevailed 3-1 thanks to two first-half goals that appeared to take the wind out of the sails of a typically aggressive Wildcats attack.
“We just fell short,” said BRHS boys soccer coach Austin Teel. “The guys put the effort out there, and I was really happy with that. They left it all out there, but it’s hard going down 2-0, and it’s hard to fight back from that.”
The Wildcats looked to have the pace where they wanted it to start things off, but the Patriots’ Ryan Hepp blasted one just out of reach of BRHS goalkeeper Scott Sturdivant to put Homewood on the board.
HHS then added to the lead thanks to a score from Wiliam Jackson, as the Wildcats struggled with possession and passing, two things that have been the bread and butter for BRHS this season.
“Homewood’s a great team, and always has a great team. They defended us well. They won every 50-50 ball in the first half. We couldn’t actually get it on our feet and knock it around.”
In the second half, the Wildcats roared out of the gate with a frenzied pace that allowed them to establish their possession advantage.
Grant Hudson capitalized on a corner throw, getting a header in the net to bring the Wildcats within one.
But Homewood striker Joseph Heeter got a shot past Sturdivant to put the Patriots up 3-1.
The Wildcats weren’t able to threaten again.
“We’re moving in the right direction, but it’s hard for us to get over this first-round hump. I’m anxious to get back and start working again. We’ll get back to work this summer. We’re very excited, and we’ve got a lot of guys coming back. It looks exciting and hopefully good things are to come.”