- Game Date
- Sep 20, 2022
- TIGERS: 9
HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL: 1
The Waynesville Tigers were on the road to face another Ozark Conference rival against the Hillcrest Hornets. On an extremely hot September night the Tigers set the tempo of play early. While the Tigers maintained the balance of possession throughout the game they struggled early to connect passes as they adjusted to playing on a faster turf surface. The play of junior Averial Williams, sophomore Sei Fowler, and junior Logan Scheller stood out in midfield as they moved the ball forward and worked to recover the ball defensively. As a result there was a steady stream of scoring opportunities throughout the night.
Senior Faheem Mujahid opened the Tiger scoring in the 11th minute after turning the corner on there center back and slotting the ball into the lower left corner. Mujahid went on to score a hat trick, netting goals at the 12th, and 62nd minutes. Senior Ethan Peterson finally earned his first goal of the season after receiving a pass from Mujahid inside the eighteen and lacing it past a helpless goalie. Peterson scored in the second half by finishing a cross from junior Jaden Cruz on the back post and ending the game by the mercy rule. Additional goal scorers were Williams, sophomore Will Figureoa, freshman Patrick Laboida, and junior Deon Cady all scored their first goals of the year.
The Tigers lone blemish was a defensive miscommunication sophomore Tristan Boerner and the center back as he came out for a ball.The Hillcrest attacker was able to get a touch on the ball as it looped over Boerners head and bounced into the goal. Overall the team looked very efficient with the ball as they limited their dribbling through the midfield and looked for the extra pass in the final third. The game provided lots of playing time for reserves as the team looked to rest players for their upcoming game versus a District opponent the Nixa Eagles on Thursday. The team is also hosting youth night to celebrate the Pulaski County area youth soccer teams. Then on Saturday they will play two games at the Rolla tournament.
Junior Varsity won the game 3-0 in a game in which they only played the 1st half.