So far this season the Elsberry/Silex boys soccer team has many things to be proud of, including winning their second game this past week.
It was a busy week as they traveled to Wright City and Winfield as well as hosting Cross Roads Prep on Wednesday.
On Friday against the Winfield Warriors they played the most exciting game of the season thus far, winning the battle in penalty kicks to take a 3-2 win.
The Indians played a great first half jumping on top 2-0 by halftime, but like many times this season fatigue caught up with the team in the second half and the game was sent into overtime.
After each team missed two penalty kicks, freshmen Gavin Reller was able to get the go ahead goal.
According to Coach Jason Burbridge, “Thanks to goalie, Gabino Gonzalez efforts in goal stopping Winfield’s strongest kicker, Elsberry was able to go home with a win.”
Against Cross Roads Prep, the Elsberry/Silex team wasted no time jumping on top 1-0, just 23 seconds into the game on a goal by Silex player, Blake Thoroughman. Close to halftime on a direct kick from just outside the 18 yard box, Thoroughman recorded his second goal giving the team a 2-0 lead at the break.
The second half again showed the lack of depth for the team and fatigue had set in as the visiting Cross Roads scored three goals to take home a 3-2 win.
Burbridge added, “It is disappointing to have a lead like that and walk away with a loss, but the boys learned from it.”
The week started off traveling to Wright City for a game against the Wildcats.
According to Burbridge, the team started off playing tough but due to the potential loss of one of the captains for medical reasons, it made it a rough game.
The bright spot of the 6-1 loss was the one goal scored by freshmen Kaden Kinsler, making it the first of his high school career.