The Hiland Hawks’ boys soccer team continued to collect wins at a rapid pace this past week when Scott Bodiker’s crew picked up three tough wins over some good competition.
The Hawks won a thriller at Western Reserve, where they won 2-1. Then they got a 3-1 victory over Tusky Valley, the team that knocked them out of the tournament last season. This was followed up by the Thursday, Sept. 20 contest at Northwestern, where Hiland generated plenty of offense in a 5-1 win.
“This was a good game for us,” Bodiker said of the win over Northwestern, a team that has given the Hawks some problems in the past. “We are in the middle of a stretch of five games in 12 days, and we have been very aware of not overworking our guys during this stretch. We took 23 guys tonight and played all of them at least 10 minutes, which was important to the coaches. We continue to get contributions from a variety of players, which is great to see.”
In the win over the Huskies, Hiland got rolling nine minutes in when Chris Miller slid a pass to Taylor Mullet, who canned the game’s first goal. Two minutes later it was Mullet doling out the assist, finding Declan Howell for a net-finder that made it 2-0.
Hiland’s faithful didn’t have to wait long for another strike, the third score coming in the 15th minute when Brayden Gray connected with Pat Miller, who drove home the score. Hiland would make it 4-0 in the 33rd minute when Josh Schlabach would hit Mullet with a crossing pass and Mullet would score his second tally.
The game would go into the half 4-0 in Hiland’s favor as Brant Klink and the defense were doing another outstanding job defending the Hawks’ net.
Three minutes into the second half, the Huskies would finally solve Hiland’s defense as Camilo Rogers would assist Buddy Rowe for a score, but the Hawks would answer in the 57th minute with Mullet returning the favor to Schlabach, who finished off the scoring for the game.
Hiland outshot Northwestern 14-3 on the night, and Klink was not very busy in goal, making just one save. Huskies’ keeper Kyle Boreman collected five saves as Northwestern fell to 3-5.
Hiland showed plenty of offense in the win over the Trojans but had a little more difficulty finishing shots.
After falling behind in the opening two minutes and seeing Bodiker pull his entire defensive unit, Hiland responded with a score of its own when Chris Miller got ahold of a loose ball in the box and smacked home a left-footed winner to even things up at 1-1. Mullet would produce the game-winning goal in the 12th minute when he took a crossing pass from Tyler Schmucker and crushed it into the back of the net for the Hawks.