Snap 4-matches losing streak Wednesday with triumph in last game of Kansas City Cup tournament. Two score first-ever varsity goal, Hedrick posts second shutout
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Nabbing their second win of the 2018 season, the Chillicothe (Mo.) HS soccer Hornets salvaged one of their three Group C matches in this week’s Kansas City Cup tournament Wednesday (Sept. 12).
A pair of Hornets – sophomore Caleb Vance and junior Trent Norman – registered the first varsity goals of their CHS careers. Senior Colten Johnson earned his first-ever varsity assist.
Also finding the net for the Hornets was sophomore Mason Baxter, whose unassisted, team-leading fifth goal of the season got the scoring started in the 27th minute.
While Chillicothe was scoring twice in about two minutes in the middle of the first half and then again in the second-to-last minute of the action, its senior goalkeeper, Daniel Hedrick, was enjoying a rare stress-free day minding the net.
Forced to make double-digits saves in a match three times already this season, Hedrick saw only one Ruskin shot come on frame Wednesday. By turning it aside, Hedrick earned his second career shutout.
The triumph halted a string of 4-straight losses for the CHS booters (2-6), who did not qualify for the tournament’s semifinals or finals after going 1-2 in group play.
Following Baxter’s icebreaker in the 27th minute, the Hornets quickly struck again in solo style. Vance got to a loose ball and drove it past the Ruskin goalkeeper in the 29th minute.
Given the way the CHS defense was smothering any Ruskin attempts at attack, the sudden 2-0 lead seemed very formidable.
It proved to be just that as the score stayed right there until Johnson set up Norman in the 79th minute to make the final margin three goals.
Chillicothe sent nine shots on goal over the 80 minutes, so it scored on 33 percent of its best chances.
After back-to-back tournaments, the CHS soccer boys are to host St. Joseph: Benton at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II Monday (Sept. 17). That action will start at the unusual time of 5:30 p.m., it was recently announced.