It was a big confidence booster for Pacific soccer Monday.
The Indians (5-6) defeated Northwest (8-6-2) on the road by a 3-1 score.
Jacob Hoehne headlined the Pacific attack with two goals on the night.
“Offensively, Jacob Hoehne had himself a night,” Head Coach Todd Dempsey said. “I think that’s a pretty big deal because he really stepped up when we needed him most. Both of his goals were a result of him working off of the ball and he got rewarded for all of his effort. He’s a great kid with a calm, quiet demeanor and it was nice to see him have some success scoring.”
Hoehne’s first goal gave the Indians a 1-0 lead going into the intermission. Trey Boyer netted Pacific’s second goal and Hoehne followed up to make it 3-0.
Northwest wasn’t able to get onto the board until the 72nd minute, when it scored its only goal off against goalkeeper Bailey Hoehne.
“Probably the most impressive thing I saw last night was our mental toughness,” Dempsey said. “We’ve been in positions where we have a slim lead and (ended) up succumbing to the pressure as the game (ran) on. With a 1-0 lead at halftime, I could tell the boys were playing with some confidence. So we wanted to continue pressuring for another goal to give us a little breathing room. We ended up getting two second-half goals and taking a 3-0 lead into the final 10 minutes of the game. That third goal was huge because we gave up a goal with about eight minutes to play. Had there been more time on the clock at that point, I think we would have seen some sustained pressure to get the game within a goal.”
Hoehne saved five of six chances in the net. The Northwest goal was the only he has given up in his past three outings.
“This was a really nice win for us,” Dempsey said. “Northwest has one of the top goal scorers in the St. Louis area and they’ve beaten some very good teams this year. So we knew we were going to have to play well to be in the game. From start to finish, this was probably the most complete game we’ve played all year. Our defense has really been improving as the season has gone on, and it was outstanding last night. Chase Brakemeyer, Jacob Cowsert, Nick Vanderver, and Tim White were fantastic. They were organized and really composed for the entire game and I think that shows in that we didn’t allow a goal until the last eight minutes of the game. They did a great job of keeping a majority of Northwest’s shots from outside of our 18-yard box. So I think Bailey (Hoehne) felt pretty comfortable in goal knowing he wasn’t being tested on every shot he saw.”
Logan Lucas was credited with two assists and Isaiah Knotts one.