“Our whole defense played great and to keep Hoopeston to just one goal for a whole game is great.’’
The home pitch for the Salt Fork/Westville program at Catlin High School is a little unique, as it’s probably the shortest in the VVC.
“This place is our kryptonite,’’ said Klaber, whose team has lost back-to-back games in Catlin. “It’s a little different and it’s a little smaller. They play their field well. But, when you play Salt Fork at home, you have to know they are going to play inspired soccer and they will give you everything they got.
“You can’t come in here expecting to win. You have to work your butt off to make it happen. They outworked us and they just beat us today.’’
The Storm Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute on a own goal when a Cornjerker defender’s sliding attempt to clear a crossing pass actually knocked the ball into his goal. That lead held until the 61st minute when Hoopeston Area’s Brennan Crose slipped past the Salt Fork/Westville defense and scored on a pass from Skyler Bernard, tying the game at 1-1.
“I thought our kids responded well, they didn’t let that goal bother them,’’ Woods said.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the final five minutes, but it was the Storm Tigers that got the final attempt when the Cornjerkers got called for a hand ball inside of the penalty box in the final minute. That set up Romo to be the senior hero on Tuesday.
Other seniors honored before the match were Jordyn Woods, D.J. Nourie, Dakota Spears and Tanner Smith.