MOUNT VERNON — It wasn’t the way the Mount Vernon soccer team wanted to send out its seniors.
The Yellow Jackets honored their six seniors prior to the final home game Tuesday with Olentangy, but then watched as the Braves exploded in the second half to win the Ohio Capital Conference matchup, 4-0.
“From the first half to the second half, there was a light switch. It was there in the first half, but in the second ...,” said Mount Vernon coach Scott Dapprich. “Honestly, I think emotions got the best of us in the second half. Once the first goal went in, the guys started hanging their heads. Then, it was too late and the second goal happened.”
The teams had battled hard in the first half with both teams coming up empty on several chances. Olentangy (7-5-1 overall, 4-2 OCC) kept Mount Vernon goalkeeper Daniel Baker busy in the first 10 minutes, recording shot after shot. But, Baker was able to keep them out of the goal, thanks to some good play and a little help from the side post.
Mount Vernon (4-8-2, 1-5 OCC) responded and had some great scoring chances midway through the first half. The Jackets were able to keep the pressure on the Braves the rest of the half, as they played stronger and got a little help from the Braves with three straight yellow cards for foul language.
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