Mitchell vs Owen and Polk
October 18, 2012Mitchell High School
The Mountaineer soccer team
showed how far they have come this
season with a respectable showing
against the number one 2A team in
the state, then reversed a lopsided
loss from earlier by scrapping out a
Mitchell held top-ranked Owen
to a single goal at the half of their
eventual 4-0 loss to the Warhorses at
home last Monday.
Head Coach Dan McKinney said
the Mountaineers actually out-shot
Owen in the first half, and missed out
on several scoring opportunities. On
one occasion, Ben Hurtado was oneon-one with the Warhorse keeper. His
attempt was blocked and rebounded
by Curran Cloer, whose shot deflected
off of the cross bar.
The game was scoreless until Owen
finally broke through with a goal four
minutes before halftime. In the second half, the Warhorses scored at the
53rd, 66th and 77th minutes. They
finished with a 19-11 advantage in
shots on goal.
“We played well, we passed well,
and we had several scoring opportunities,” McKinney said. “Just by
the score, it was the best game we’ve
played all season. They played in position, our defense was covering one
another when we switched. We ran
out of steam and broke down a bit,
but up until then we played really
The result against Owen gave the
Mountaineers a shot of confidence
they took into their home match
against 2A Polk on Wednesday. They
lost to the Wolverines 5-0 a month
ago in Columbus, but this time
around they regrouped with a 2-2 tie
in two overtimes.
The teams played a scoreless first
half. McKinney said his team outhustled Polk in the first 40 minutes
and kept pace with shots on goal and
time of possession.
Polk went up a goal six minutes
into the second half when they tapped
a shot in off of a Mitchell defender’s
deflection. Ten minutes later, a Polk
crossing pass resulted in a header
that made it 2-0.
The Mountaineers would rally to
tie with a pair of quick goals. At the
65th minute, Dillon Ledford took the
ball along the right wing, crossed it
over and curved his shot into the left
corner of the goal.
On Polk’s kickoff, Nate Lipps took
off sprinting from the tip and stole
it away when Polk passed the ball
back toward their keeper. His shot
deflected off the Wolverine keeper’s
leg and went in to level the match at
2-2. It would stay that way for the
rest of regulation and through both
Polk had a narrow 17-15 advantage
in shots, and possession was split
evenly on both sides of the pitch.
Given the result the last time
Mitchell and Polk met, McKinney
said the effort and execution on
Wednesday was the culmination of a
season of hard work.
“We took more shots, and we played
pretty much perfect defense. They
were pretty excited [Wednesday]
night,” he said.
“It just shows their dedication to
keep improving despite playing in
a tough conference. They’re getting
a little bit of a reward for their efforts.”