October 20th, 2018

Tigers repeat as Seventh Region champs

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Tigers repeat as Seventh Region champs
The Tigers hoist the hardware / photo by Dalton Pence

Conner George was the hero……...again.

His goal in the first overtime gave St. Xavier’s soccer team a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Collegiate in the Seventh Region championship game at Eastern High Saturday afternoon.

“It’s about heart,” St. X head coach Andy Schulten said. “For the seniors, it’s not going to be our last game. We are not going to make it our last game.”

“Those guys are finishers. Conner is nothing but offense”, Schulten said. “All season long, Case has been the guy for us.”

George headed a cross into the back of the net, winning the game just 1:14 into overtime.

The Tigers scored first.

“All throughout this year, I’ve been getting in front of the goal more, creating opportunities for my teammates and also myself,” Cox said.

Off a pass from Chase Schulten, Case Cox took a touch inward and curled a shot around the keeper from 10 yards out to give St. X a 1-0 lead with 25:16 to go.

“I saw the defense shifting left,” Chase Schulten said. “I knew Case was always looking for the goal.”

A couple minutes later, Cox made it 2-0 with another score from a similar fashion with 22:53 remaining in the game.

“Being on the right side with my left foot made it easy for me to cut in”, Cox said, “I cut in between two defenders and put it back post.”

Chaos then struck, similar to that of the district final, in which the Tigers gave up three goals in 16 minutes to eventually lose.

With 17:43 to play, Isaiah Wynder placed the ball into the corner netting, to put Collegiate on the board.

The Titans delivered the equalizer with 12:45 to go in the game as Elijah Wynder connected on a floating cross in the box to tie the game at 2.

It was tied at the end of regulation forcing the game into overtime.

“I can’t ever remember being more proud of a player as I have been of Chase Schulten in the last three games”, Andy Schulten said, “He has responded in a huge way.”

That’s when George ended it.

“If you switch the field quickly and play the back post, that you’ll get some chances”, Andy Schulten said.

St. X had 14 shots on goal (6 on target) to go with 1 corner kick.

The Titans recorded 12 shots (4 on goal) and one corner kick. Both keepers for St. X and Collegiate, Dolan Dugan and John-Harding Jeffus respectively, tallied 2 saves.

The Tigers will play South Oldham on Tuesday night at 7 PM in the semi-state game at St. X.

 

 

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