IRISH LOSE HOME OPENER
GOOSE LAKE – The Irish battled on a progressively colder Tuesday night, but couldn't hold off the West Branch attack long enough to pull out a win.
Instead, they fell 6-3 in their home opener.
Still, after a weekend with three scoreless games, it was nice to net a couple.
"To get some in today, that kind of opens up the eyes and gets the boys ready to score," head coach Mike Davis said.
After the game there was some frustration seeping from the Irish-Northeast co-op. It was a chippy end to the game with a lot of chatter from West Branch. Plus, the six goals scored by the Bears were mostly due to mental lapses.
"Frustration in a sense of we thought we had a good game plan for them," Davis said. "We played 100 percent, everything we had. Little mental mistakes in the backline that let a couple of goals in."
"We kept our heads," senior Payton Schnier said. "It was a very physical game, and with the environment we played well while we kept our heads. They worked to not react to the people yelling at them, I was proud of that."
Schnier netted two goals (one on a penalty kick) in the first half and had seven shots. The Irish were only trailing 4-2 after the first 40 minutes of the game. At halftime, Davis focused on coming out with an attack.
"We wanted to come out in that second half and keep the hunger," Davis said. "We felt as if we were playing a little tired, we knew we had to come back and get some goals in there."
Still, the Irish are playing without any substitutions at the moment, while West Branch had a full bench.
"They were definitely taking advantage of that," Schnier said. "They were going fast on that sideline break with the forwards."
The Bears went ahead 6-2 before the Irish were able to strike again. A lot of times a West Branch athlete found himself with the ball ahead of the Irish line.
"They had some nice through balls, they knew where the openings were and they found them pretty well," Schnier said. "Defensively, we weren't anticipating those."
Miguel Suarez eventually netted another on a penalty kick near the end of the half. He ended with two shots and the goal, while Santiago Bravo added another six shot. Keeper Kyler Wallace has 17 saves.
The Irish, coming off a tough weekend in Solon with three games, don't have a break. They take on Davenport West Wednesday night and then travel to Cedar Valley Christian on Thursday.
"We've got good teams this week," Davis said. "The goal is taking care of the bodies and continuing to work."
NORTH DOWNS CLINTON
DAVENPORT–The Clinton River Kings had another tough outing with Mississippi Athletic Conference's Davenport North on the table, and this time it was Andrew Brisch who came through with a win in Clinton's 8-1 loss.
Brisch battled North's Carter Josund in an extra set to win 7-5, 2-6, 11-9.
"Brisch has a huge win tonight," coach Andrew Carbajal said. "Played well and showed more maturity."
The River Kings are working with injury and sickness, along with a youth filled team.
Brisch and Connor Hyde almost pulled in out in No. 1 doubles as well, falling 4-6, 3-6. Meanwhile Noah Hayton and Chis Taylor-Bice took North to three sets before losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-10.
The Kings travel to Muscatine this Thursday.
KINGS COMPETE IN DEWITT
DEWITT– While the Queens hosted a meet, the River Kings traveled to Central DeWitt High School to run their own competition on Tuesday night.
"Today was a good evening for us," coach Kellen Schneeberger said. "We saw lots of athletes drop time and more than a few PRs. The biggest thing we were happy about were kids getting after it and competing for places. The meet had three different weather scenarios and our guys did a nice job of pushing through.
"We talked before the meet about having your best day today, giving your single best effort, and fighting for the team. We ended up with 5th place, but we were only 3 points off third. We left a few points out there, but its part of the process. We're starting to narrow the gap in a few areas."
The Kings were led by 400-meter champion David Johnson and 800-meter champion Sean Hammond. Johnson also placed third in the 100 and 200. Conner Sattler added a second place finish in the 3200m run.
"David logged another good evening," Schneeberger said. "It wasn't his best, but he competed and that's what we were looking for. He's the type of worker you want. Shows up, does his job the best he can, and listens. He wants to be good. He's moving closer to locking his full potential with every rep and race.
"Conner Sattler ...was a pleasant surprise for us. Conner was one of our younger guys that had back to back evenings. He had a PR in the 3200 and added some unexpected second place points to our total. He's been working hard and it's nice to see him medal.
The Kings added a second place finish in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay with Zach Hoffman, Seth Dotterweich, Jess Hartsock, and Kyle Guilliams. Guilliams added a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. The Kings notched fourth place finishes in the Sprint Medley and the 4x200.
The Kings returns to action on Thursday, heading to Brady Street Stadium in Davenport for a invitational heavy with Mississippi Athletic Conference teams.
DAVENPORT–In their third consecutive road game, the Clinton River Queens came up short in a 6-0 loss to Davenport Central at Brady Street Stadium on Tuesday.
The Queens have their home opener this Friday against Northeast at Coan Field.