Hawks Shutout Dragons; Sets Up Rematch of Last Year’s District Soccer Final

The Hillsboro Hawks used three first half goals to lead them to a 5-0 district soccer semifinal victory over DeSoto Tuesday night.  The win sets up a rematch of the 2018 district championship match with the Windsor Owls.  The #3 seeded Owls upset #2 Festus yesterday, 1-0.

Tuesday, the Hawks used three goals in the first 40 minutes to take a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime.  Colton Leonard, Jacob Bogowith, and Mitchel Hickson each tallied a marker in the first half.  Mark Moore got the final two goals in the second half.  Goalie AJ Krasnesky pitched the shutout in net for Hillsboro.

Hillsboro defender Andrew Bridges said the Hawks played well, but didn’t give as consistent of an effort as he would have liked.  “We started out strong and got a few early goals, but we let off and got a little complacent,” he admitted.  “But we recognized it and put a few more goals in the back of the net.  We are happy with the 5-0 result, but we are staying hungry and focusing on the game Thursday.”

Some of Bridges’ teammates agreed with his assessment of the match.  “It went well for the most part,” Bogowith commented.  “We scored and possessed when we needed to, and overall played pretty well.”   Leonard, who scored the first goal of the match, said the Hawks came out attacking.  “We played very well in the first 20 minutes or so,” he noted.  “The rest of the game, we still played good, just not as well as those 20 minutes.”

Thursday’s match looks heavily favored on Hillsboro’s side.  The Hawks are 17-5-1, while the Owls stand at 6-17.  But when these two teams meet, the result is usually a close, hotly contested match.  The Hawks defeated Windsor in their only meeting on October 15 by the score of 2-1.  It was a comeback victory for Hillsboro, with Moore getting the match winner with seven minutes to go.

“Some of us stayed last night and watched Windsor and Festus play,” Bogowith noted.  “We know what we need to do for Thursday night.”   Leonard knows that nothing will come easy.  “It’s going to be a hard fought battle, but I am confident we can come out on top.”

And for a senior like Bridges, he’s hungry for another chance at the district title.  “We just have to play our game,” he said.  “We know that we are capable of playing 80 minutes of high quality soccer, and we’ve shown it multiple times this season.  We are hoping to have another good showing on Thursday.  I know those of us that were on the team last year still have a sour taste in our mouths of how we lost.  We are looking forward to getting a chance to redeem ourselves.”

The match last year went to overtime with the Owls taking a 2-1 victory.  Here’s a story on last year’s game:  2018 District Final Story.

Thursday’s match is at Hillsboro.  Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.  Ameritime Sports will be there to provide updates, photos, and, of course, a story after the match.

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