MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon boys soccer team fell to Madison Christian Saturday, with neither the Yellow Jackets, nor the windy and rainy conditions putting out the Flames in a 1-0 decision.
“Both teams adapted to the play of what needed to happen,” Mount Vernon head coach Scott Dapprich said of the weather conditions Saturday night. “I thought both teams played the balls that were skipping on the turf fairly well. But, you do have to adapt to this environment and if not, you’re in trouble.”
The Flames got off to a strong start, continually pushing the ball up field and it resulted in a left-footed rocket from the edge of the box by Madison Christian’s Parker Stigall. The shot came in the sixth minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
“They played a good cross ball and we gave him too much space,” Dapprich said of the goal. “He hit a nice side-netting shot to be quite honest. That was the shot of the night. That was early on and the kids learned a quick lesson.”
Despite a few chances in the attacking third, Mount Vernon was unable to find the equalizer in the first half.
“We started in a different formation for our guys,” Dapprich said. “They’ve played it before, but we made a couple adjustments to it that I thought was going to be successful for us to hit some targets and for us to move the ball how I was hoping to move it. We didn’t really do that in the first half.”
Dapprich said the team refocused on the basics at halftime, and although he said the team improved after intermission, Mount Vernon could not score.
“I thought our guys did a much better job of swinging it through the back,” Dapprich said of the second half. “They were trying to hit some targets. Our defense was pushed closer to our midfielders than they were in the first half. We hit some targets, but I felt like we played too direct.”
The loss dropped the Jackets to 3-2-1 on the year. They return to action Tuesday on the road against conference foe Wooster, followed by another road contest against a Ohio Cardinal Conference opponent in Lexington Sept. 18, with both games starting at 7 p.m.
“I know our guys probably walked away frustrated, and I was frustrated too, but I told them, I said, ‘Of the next three games, including the game tonight, if we were to lose one, this would be the one because the next two games are conference games,” Dapprich said. “You’ve got Wooster and Lexington and both are going to be solid programs.”