Coming off of a sub-par effort against Western Reserve three days earlier in a game the Hawks lost 2-0, coach Scott Bodiker’s team was looking to get back on track in a big way in its contest with Canton Central Catholic Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Hiland High School.
Hawks’ senior Derek miller pretty much made sure that happened.
Miller buried a goal five minutes into the game, scored a second goal two minutes later and the made it a quite impressive hat trick one minute after that. Miller’s three goals in the first eight minutes may be some kind of Hiland record, as he topped the three-goals in 12 minutes by teammate Jared Yoder a couple games earlier, and the Hawks rolled to a very convincing 9-0 victory that improved the team to 3-2-1.
“I’m don’t think I’ve ever scored two goals in the first eight minutes of a game,” said Miller following his @BabySwiss performance. “I was just pumped up when I scored the first goal to give us an early lead. I was just kind of in the moment, and I just wanted to get the second one on goal, and it went in, The third one bounced around between a bunch of people. I’m just trying to do the best I can to help us win games. I don’t really care who scores as long as we win games.”
This game was never in doubt, as Hiland seized control early on, and showed a complete dominance on both sides of the field.
The defense pitched shutout, and keepers Isaiah Yoder and Derek Burke were never really challenged as the hawks’ defense did its job well.
After Miller got things moving in the right direction for Hiland, the onslaught simply continue. Yoder nearly made it 4-0 when he bent one like Beckham off a corner kick that hit the far post, bounced on to the ground, and looked like it might have snuck in before the Central keeper snagged it. The official ruled it did not completely cross the line.
It wouldn’t matter. Moments later, Declan Howell scored off a pretty header in the box, as he charged through a trio of defenders to make it 4-0. That’s how it stood at the half, but Hiland wasn’t done attacking and adding on goals. Sinjon Howell scored after several headers found his feet, and he drove home the fifth goal. Sinjon Howell then got his second of the game off an assist from Yoder, to make it 6-0.
Kyle Mast stayed at home near the far post and stroked home a rebound shot in a scrum of players off a corner kick from Clay Gerber to make it, and Mast scored a couple minutes later when a loose ball found his feet and he struck one into the lower ninety to make it 8-0. Cameron Keim finished off the scoring on the evening for the Hawks, unleashing a wicked rip from 10 yards out on a shot that the Central keeper had no prayer of getting to.