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Bulldogs pounce early, thwart Panthers’ comeback bid

Highland senior defender Jack Landmann had an assist in the Bulldogs’ 5-3 victory at Jerseyville on Tuesday. He has helped HHS go on a 7-1-1 streak over the past nine games.
Highland senior defender Jack Landmann had an assist in the Bulldogs’ 5-3 victory at Jerseyville on Tuesday. He has helped HHS go on a 7-1-1 streak over the past nine games. News Leader

The Highland soccer Bulldogs pounced on the host Jerseyville Panthers for two goals in the first three minutes of the game, only to make some mental mistakes and watch the home team battle back to tie the game.

But the Bulldogs were far from done finding the back of the net as they scored again before halftime en route to outscoring Jerseyville 3-1 the rest of the game and logging a 5-3 Mississippi Valley Conference win on Tuesday of last week.

The win kept Highland’s torrid stretch going as it improved to 7-1-1 in the past nine games since starting the season 0-2.

The Bulldogs (7-3-1 overall, 4-1 MVC) outshot the Panthers 16-4. Senior Lucas Ammann netted a pair of goals and senior Brent Rapien and junior Drake Gehrs each added a goal and an assist to lead the way for Highland.

Also for HHS, junior Evan Herman had one goal while senior Jack Landman, senior Brendan Schrage and junior Andrew Roach each had one assist.

Rapien and Herman share the team lead in goals with seven. Rapien also ranks first in assists with three.

Ammann and Gehrs both have scored four markers while Roach has three tallies.

Drake Blackwell, Jake Ridenhour and Alan Wendell scored for Jerseyville.

“We started the game off well, which we have struggled at a few times,” Highland coach Josh Oswald said. “We scored tow goals in the first three minutes but had some dumb fouls and gave them set pieces deep in our defensive third, which they converted on to tie it at 2-2. We weren’t our sharpest defensively tonight, but the boys have played so well lately they will regroup and bounce back. But a 5-3 win against the eighth-ranked team on the road is always a good night.

“We are playing good soccer right now but we have to keep improving and getting better.”

Highland did not play again until traveling to Civic Memorial on Tuesday, which was after the News Leader’s press time. The Bulldogs flew by the Eagles 5-1 on Sept. 1 at Glik Park.

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