The Rose Hill Rockets traveled to Chanute to take on the Blue Comets in Chanute’s home opener on Thursday. Rose Hill took the 7-0 victory behind senior Tim Hoopes and sophomore Caden States, who had two goals each.
Rose Hill started out strong with senior Drew Leck scoring less than one minute into the game. Hoopes then followed up with his two goals in the third and ninth minutes respectively. Chanute began to figure out the Rockets and didn’t give up another goal until sophomore Taegan Cobb scored in the 34th minute. Rose Hill led 4-0 at halftime.
The first goal of the second half came on a beautiful corner kick goal from senior Zach Hoang. In the 72nd minute, States scored both of his goal within a minute of each other to put Rose hill up 7-0.
“What we did well was that we kept fighting and we kept holding on. It’s just that in a game like that, you build up your opponents to be like gods, but in all honesty it’s just the pregame jitters,” Chanute’s acting head coach Michael Villarreal said, “They started out slow, watching instead of playing, and then I told them at halftime: hey, they came to your field and you’re going to give them a match.”
Although he got a little upset towards the end, Chanute’s goalkeeper Drayton Cleaver played a very good game. A lot of other goalkeepers would have let ten goals in before the 50th minute. Cleaver had quite a few double-saves and played his hardest to keep the ball out of the goal.
“A lot of us get in our own heads when we get frustrated. Especially if we’re as talented and skilled as [Cleaver] is. He is his harshest critic,” Villarreal said, “He acknowledges the fact that the majority of those are not his fault and he can only do so much in his position. Knowing him, as a student and a player, I know he carries that with him as much as I do. He perseveres, he’s resilient, and I know he’ll come back stronger next match.”