Article by: Lane Stanley
Pictures by: Kaitlyn Hungerford
The Wildcats traveled to Gallatin High School Tuesday, April 9, to take on the Green Wave and hopefully get back on track after falling to Smyrna the previous game. Coach Harper, the Gallatin coach, welcomed the boys to another gorgeous campus.
Unsure of what Gallatin possessed in terms of talent, Wilson Central made minor adjustments for the game, dropping an attacker to help out the midfield and pushing their defensive midfielder Zach Hinchman further into the midfield as well, giving their defense as many “outs” as possible and it seemed to work. Within the first three minutes Hinchman passed the ball to Barrett Streeter who turned into space and rifled an 18 yard screamer by the goalkeeper who was left grabbing thin air as the ball tried to make its way through the net, making it Barrett’s third goal of the season. 1-0 Wildcats. The first half belonged to Wilson Central. The Wildcats moved the ball at will, switching the point of attack at their leisure and having excellent success attacking both flanks. Zack Anderson and Steven Stone had excellent games out on the wings for exploiting Gallatin’s weakness. First half ended 1-0 Wildcats.
The second half was more of the same. Wildcats had several attempts on net, dominated possession, and again moved the ball when and where they wanted. Around the 20 minute mark the boys were awarded a corner kick that Gallatin headed out of bounds. Unaware that their Zack Anderson can throw the ball into our opponent’s 18, the Green Wave were taken by surprise and attempted to clear the ball weakly off a defenders head and the Wildcats right back, Dima Tarusov, hit a volley (this is where the ball is in the air when contact is made) that sent Wilson Central’s bench into chaos and the opponent’s spirits into the ground. “I kid you not, Dima smoked this shot. It might be the hardest shot/score that I have seen as a high school coach.” Coach German commented about the shot. Wildcats now leads 2-0. That was Dima’s first goal as a Wildcat and he will treasure that one. After the second goal, the team shifted from a three back to four back, dropping Streeter to defense to help lock up the shutout victory.
Final score Wildcats 2, Green Wave 0. Bayo Kaloshi kept another clean sheet for Wildcats in net. Lucas Anderson, Kieffer Ford, Dima Tarusov were just clamps on defense. Coach German doesn’t think a direct shot was allowed all game. Omar Islas and Zach Hinchman held the center of the field in Wildcat control most of the night. Sebi and Barrett playing up top, kept the opponent’s guessing all night. The boys are 6-2 on the season. Wilson Central plays LaVergne at home Thursday, April 11, and the team would love to see you there. Varsity starts at 7:00 and JV starts at 5:00.
Let’s Go Wildcats!