MOUNT VERNON — The Worthington Kilbourne Wolves were the team to beat in Saturday’s match versus our Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets. The Wolves ended up winning 5-1 in a game that was lopsided in the Wolves’ favor from the beginning.
Worthington Kilbourne is ranked third in the state and eighth in the nation, so the Yellow Jackets had their work cut out for them. The Wolves established their competitiveness and dominance early on in the game when they scored four goals in the first half.
The first goal of the game was kicked by Chris Guerra off of a free kick at minute 28:16. The Wolves would go on to score three more unanswered goals by Logan Evans (at 25:41), Keegan Smith (at 17:06) and Gabe Porter (at 4:21). Mount Vernon was simply unable to defend against the onslaught of shots on goal.
The second half proved to be a much better game defensively for the Jackets. The Jackets only let the Wolves score one goal during the entire half, which was kicked by J.J. Mendez of the Wolves at minute 8:09 in the second half. The only goal by the Jackets was also kicked in the second half by Wyatt Kirby, a senior for Mount Vernon at minute 1:35 of the second half.
The Jackets were still proud of their efforts, competing with such a highly ranked team and avoiding a shut out.
“I keep telling our guys that we’re young,” said Mount Vernon Coach Scott Dapprich. “I also told them that I wanted to see them bring their heart in the second half of the game. The team that we faced is the most skilled that I have ever seen in my entire 20 years of coaching.
“We need to communicate better in our entire program. Our players aren’t communicating, aren’t talking enough. Our kids, though, did not back down. They did not tuck their tails between their legs. They competed.”
The Yellow Jackets play their next game Tuesday at 7 p.m. against West Holmes.
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