After taking it on the chin in the first half of a 4-0 loss at Collinsville Wednesday night, the Highland High boys soccer team pulled a 180-degree turnaround 24 hours later.
The Bulldogs bounced back from the defeat in emphatic fashion with a 9-0 drubbing of host Civic Memorial Thursday night at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
The nine goals is a season-high output for Highland (4-2), which dominated its Mississippi Valley Conference opener by scoring four goals in the first half and then pummeling the back of the Eagles’ net with five more tallies after halftime.
CM dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the MVC.
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Brent Rapien pumped in four goals and added one assist.
Also producing big offensive numbers for the Bulldogs were Andrew Roach with his first two goals of the season, Evan Herman with one goal and three assists, Brendan Schrage with one goal and two assists and Payton Barowski with one goal.
In addition, Ollie Pfeiffer handed out a pair of assists, Drake Gehrs added one assist and Luke Jones got the shutout in goal for the Bulldogs.
Highland’s defense was definitely strong in support of Jones.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a road game at Triad on Tuesday, with the JV playing first beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Highland’s JV soccer team was also victorious over CM with a 4-0 final score. Roach netted a hat trick and Ben Wille had one goal, while Tyler Howard and Riley Field shared the shutout between the pipes.
The JV Bulldogs also played very stingy defense.