After defeating Plymouth Christian Academy by a 3-1 score on the road, the Hillsdale Academy Colts boys soccer team headed home to take on another tough foe in Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep in a Wednesday night matchup. The Colts, led by head coach Neal Brady, headed into the contest with a 4-2 overall record. They lost to University Liggett and Hartford in the Cougar Cup finals. The Colts would find themselves adding another impressive victory for the young fall sports season.
The Colts won 4-1. The Colts maintained much of the possession clock for the first half. The Colts had a plethora of offensive opportunities in Hackett territory to score. 20 minutes in, Grayson McArthur crossed the ball off the post. Nathan Karlovich put the ball back in the mix, and Jay Jenkins hit the ball in the net. 10 minutes later, the Colts combined on 8 passes which ended with Conner Welden sending a pass to Bennett Fast who found the corner of the net. The Colts led 2-0 at the end of the first half.
The Colts had seemingly dominated and worn down the Hackett Prep defense. Hackett Prep would turn the ball over on their side of the pitch and would not be able to drive down through the tough Colts defensive players who took the opportunity with terrific passing to keep the ball from reaching their zone.
After halftime, the Colts kept momentum of the game and possessed the ball on Hackett’s half of the pitch. Hackett would find late-game energy and would challenge the Colts to work harder to get the offense going. However, in the middle of the second half, Luke Brady crossed the ball, and it deflected off of a Hackett player, which led to an own goal. The Colts now had a comfortable lead of 3-0. Hackett came back with a free kick, which deflected and ended up in the Colts net. It would be the only score Hackett would manage, but Hackett would have several more opportunities to pull within the Colts’ lead.
With 15 minutes left in the game, Hillsdale Academy Colt Conner Welden dribbled past a several defensive players for Hackett and found the back of the net for the final goal of the game. Hackett would continue to test the Colts, who would also look to work on their offensive passing and plays. The Colts and Hackett would have more opportunities to score, however time swiftly ran out for both teams. The Colts would walk away with an impressive 4-1 victory, and celebrate with their fans with the traditional jog to the sidelines.
The Colts are now 5-2 on the season, and they have one more contest lined up for this season. The Colts travel to their third road contest of the year on Thursday against Jackson Christian. That game was slated to start at 5:30 pm. Results and photos of the game will be in our Saturday edition of the Hillsdale Daily News.