DOVER — Coming into the season, Western Boone boys soccer coach Freddy Argotte stressed the importance of his team rediscovering the feeling of winning as they started to take steps forward as a program.
Coming into this season, the Stars had lost 18-straight games, and that streak became 19 with a season-opening loss to Crawfordsville.
But that streak is no more.
“This was very important for our guys,” Argotte said. “You can see the joy in their faces now after the game. I think this is the icebreaker and we are heading in the right direction. We are reaching our goal of competing and wanting to work. We will let them enjoy this tonight, then we will be ready to work for two hours tomorrow afternoon.”
Argotte said it was important to not only get a win, but to get one early in the season.
He said he hopes the win can ignite the desire to get the feeling more often moving forward.
“I think this will really help us,” Argotte said. “It will give us incentive to work. We have a taste of winning, and we will take what we did here, good and bad, fix the mistakes and use that in the games moving forward.”
The Western Boone offense kept the pressure on Rossville from the early portions of the game.
Just six minutes in, Hunter Peri had a clear chance on goal, but the shot was saved.
When Peri got his next good chance midway through the first half, he was fouled from behind by Rossville’s Gabe Spear, giving the Stars a penalty kick and Spear a red card.
Peri then made the PK to put his team up 1-0.
The Stars had a couple of good chances the rest of the half, with Peri and Jaden Ross also have quality chances to score, but the game remained 1-0 at the half.
In the second half, Western Boone made it 2-0 with 33:24 to go on a goal by Luke Rose.
The Stars had a couple of near misses to extend the lead later in the half, but attempts by Peri and Nick Bowman missed.
“We were working together really well,” Argotte said. “We had some good penetration and had guys get free. We missed a couple opportunities, but we will make a few corrections and then we will capitalize on those chances in the future.”