Jacob Hoehne scored twice, once in each half, to lead the Pacific soccer Indians past Borgia in Washington, 2-1.
The game also was a preview of the first round of the Class 3 District 4 playoffs. Pacific (9-7) is the second seed and Borgia (3-12) is seeded third. The teams will face each other Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. at Washington’s Scanlan Stadium.
“It turned out to be a very good game,” Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey said. “Borgia has a really good team. They’re fast and aggressive, and I think it’s going to be another great game in our district matchup. It was a good win for us.”
Borgia Head Coach John Clark said his team knows what it needs to do to prepare for the postseason.
“We got some really good insights of what we are up against at district,” Clark said. “I think Pacific played a good game. I think we are two very evenly-matched
teams and we are looking forward to the district game.”
Borgia took the lead in the 10th minute off a corner kick. Borgia put the ball into the box, but Hoehne headed it clear of Borgia’s Jack Politte.
Jacob Dralle was in the right spot and he blasted a one-time volley into the Pacific net past goalkeeper Bailey Hoehne.
“Jacob Dralle came through again for us and had a wonderful volley,” Clark said.
Dralle’s goal even impressed Dempsey.
“Early on in the game, Borgia really took it to us,” Dempsey said. “They’ve got some kids who can finish from just about anywhere on the field and they were buzzing around our goal quite a bit in the first 10 minutes. The goal they scored off of the volley was one of the nicest I’ve seen all season.”
Borgia’s lead lasted about 4 1/2 minutes. Hoehne scored his first goal, putting a shot past Borgia goalkeeper Caleb Cook to tie it, 1-1.
“We got composed after giving up the first goal and Jacob Hoehne got it back for us off an assist from Isaiah Knotts,” Dempsey said. “That really got the momentum back on our side to finish the half. In the second half, we really looked to try and slow things down. The pace of the first half was too much for our thin bench to keep up with. So I think we were a lot more calculated and patient looking for our chances.”
And that’s how the score stood until Hoehne picked up his second marker in the 65th minute during the second half to give Pacific the margin for victory.
“The second goal Hoehne scored was just a great effort play on his part,” Dempsey said. “He got the ball just outside the box and beat three or four defenders to give us the lead with about 15 minutes to play. With the lead in hand, we really concentrated on keeping possession and getting the ball away from our goal. I think some of our close games as of late have made the guys a little more comfortable protecting a lead. It was good to see them stay calm and make plays when we needed them. It was a satisfying win, but we know there’s a much bigger game looming in two weeks.
It was Pacific’s ninth win in the last 11 matches and Borgia’s fifth loss in a row.
“We’ve been playing a lot better lately with only two losses in our last 11 games,” Dempsey said. “It took a while, but we’ve finally settled in to a lineup that gives us what we need to win games.”