MOUNT VERNON — Both the Big Walnut team and the Mount Vernon coach issued challenges to the Yellow Jacket soccer team on Tuesday. The Jackets responded in a big way, winning 6-3 in Ohio Capital Conference action.
Following an early score by MV, the Eagles controlled the ball and the game, scoring twice and having several other good scoring opportunities within a few minute span to take the lead. But, MV coach Scott Dapprich challenged his squad to step up their play and answer the Big Walnut threat. The Jackets responded by scoring three times in the second half to pull away for the victory.
“It’s been our team’s mentality against some of our tougher opponents, when we score right away, our mentality is to just sit back and go ‘ahh.’ We did not win the 50-50 balls. They (Big Walnut) just wanted it more,” said Dapprich. “In the last 10 minutes of the half, we decided to start playing again.
”Sometimes, you have to make the challenge for the guys to step up and go where we need to go. I gave them a challenge at halftime. If they did not step up, it would have gone a different direction and we didn’t want that for this senior group.”
Senior Justin Furey had opened the scoring just seven minutes into the game when he beat BW goalkeeper Lukas Swysgood after getting a nice pass from Trent Kiger.
But, BW (7-5-1 overall, 2-4 OCC) wasted no time in knotting the game back up. Zach Mason scored just 18 seconds later and Mount Vernon’s momentum was gone.