September 13, 2019
The JV soccer team, coached by Brian Oechsner ,beat Timberland in their final match on September 12 to win the Timberland tournament. The team played three games in the tournament, and to win they needed to beat Timberland in the final match by three without letting any goals in by the opposition.
The boys had a lot of momentum coming off a 4-0 win against Troy and were eager to continue their winning ways against their hometown rivals Timberland. “The team always gets excited to play Timberland,” Oechsner said. “It was nice to play them at home against a team that was undefeated based on the criteria that we had a shot.”
The team started off the game strong and at the end of the first half were up three goals to zero thanks to goals by Andrew Walters (’22) and Thomas Aaron (’21).
In order to win the game, the JV boys needed to allow no goals in the second half in order to win the tournament. Basically, we just marked their better players the whole entire second half so they wouldn’t have any opportunities to score,” Tegan Reynolds (’21) said.
The second half was more difficult than the first because of Timberland’s offensive changes, but center backs Nate Hoenig (’22) and Dyllan Weicht (’22) kept their back line compact and did not let the Timberland attackers get any goals leading to the boys winning their first tournament win of the year.
Coach Oechsner was not surprised after the tournament win. “Part of the game is always mental. Players and coaches have to believe in one another, and when that happens we always expect to win,” Oechsner said. The JV boys team is happy about the tournament win, but now have to turn their focus to winning in the regular season as well.