MOUNT VERNON — In a feisty Ohio Cardinal Conference matchup, the Mount Vernon boys soccer team could not separate itself from Mansfield Madison in a home contest Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game was hotly contested from the opening whistle. Both teams had looks at the goal, but neither team could capitalize, going into intermission knotted at 0-0.
“Solvi (Gunderson) and Andrew (Kladias), two of our captains, did a tremendous job holding down the fort in the beginning and staying marked on their No. 10 and No. 23, which they’re very crafty individuals,” coach Scott Dapprich said.
Dapprich noted the strength of his defense and keeper in the matchup, limiting the chances that the Rams had and keeping the clean sheet in tact.
“Spencer (Stanley) did a phenomenal job organizing us in the back,” Dapprich said. “Colton Skal had one of the best games I’ve seem him have. … It was fun to watch our guys do a solid job.”
Coming out in the second half, both teams were fighting for the decisive goal. The intensity of the conference matchup was shown on the field, and both teams were not immune to bookings. Starting in the second half, Madison received two yellow cards (Gavon Huggins and Isaiah Tedrow) and Mount Vernon was docked with one of its own on Wyatt Kirby.
With 9:15 left on the clock, a ball was sent in to the box in front of Mount Vernon’s goal, and a flurry of bodies went in to try and either score or clear the ball, with Jacket keeper Stanley diving to smother the ball. In the fray, a melee broke out and the end result was Mount Vernon’s Carson Rhoades and Madison’s Owen Ross both receiving red cards, which means both players have to be sidelined for the next game.
“Carson came over to have Spencer’s back. I am proud of Carson for coming over,” Dapprich said. “But, he learned a lesson and it’s about learning lessons.
“I’m not upset with him,” Dapprich added. “He was going to bat for his teammate and every day of the week, I would want him to step up. Instead of (using) both hands, if he would have just stepped in with his body, it would have been a different story.”
Following the skirmish, both teams had last-ditch efforts at the goal, but nothing materialized, ending the game in a draw. When the dust settled, Mount Vernon recorded two shots on goal, compared to Madison’s 12 shots on target, all of which were either hauled in or pushed aside by Stanley.
“If we don’t have a keeper with that athleticism and just technique alone, (the Rams) are up,” Dapprich said. “Instead, it’s a save. I was pumped to see our defense and how they responded and how they reacted.”
In JV action, Mount Vernon got the better of Madison, taking home an 8-0 win. Isaiah Jones notched a hat trick in the win. Ernesto Garcia, Alex Reddy, Mays Gunderson, Jacob Deever and Andrew White each found the back of the net.
Mount Vernon returns to action on the road Thursday against Big Walnut, with a JV start set for 5:30 p.m.