The Eagles picked the right time for their first shutout of the season.
Sullivan boys soccer (11-7-1) improved to 3-0 in the Four Rivers Conference with a 2-0 win at home against Pacific (3-8, 1-2) last Tuesday.
The win kept the Eagles out in front of Union (3-1) in the race for the conference title.
For the Eagles, the game was redemptive after losing a similar lead to the Indians last fall.
“It was a good game for us and I’m glad we won it,” Sullivan Head Coach Bill Kackley said. “Last year we had them down 2-0 and lost to them 3-2. It’s our first shutout too. I know they’ve been struggling scoring, but I felt like they came out more aggressive in the first half compared to us. I don’t know if it was due to the amount of games that we played all last week or what, but for the most part they pressured us quite a bit, dumping the ball down the field and trying to outrun us.”
Pacific has struggled at times this season to find ways to score.
“I was pleased with the way we were able to build our offensive attack,” Pacific Head Coach Jesse Knott said. “We were able to create some pressure, but weren’t able to finish off it.”
Sullivan received a brace from its leading scorer, Jacob Rohrer, who scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season. Ethan Kackley recorded an assist.
“At times, we controlled the ball a little better in the second half and came out and made some things happen,” Bill Kackley said. “We got a foul and scored on a free kick and then we had another scoring opportunity. We scored two goals in a minute or two time period and that was it. We did have some other opportunities, but we just didn’t capitalize on them, which was frustrating. We had some other shots on goal that their keeper (Bailey Hoehne) did a pretty good job in the net. He created us some problems. Their keeper is doing a real good job for the most part of the year.”
Sullivan goalkeeper Jacob Wiley turned in his first clean sheet of the season with six saves.
Hoehne made 21 saves.
The two teams will meet in a rematch Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Pacific.