UHigh won in decisive fashion over crosstown rival Bloomington High School on Monday night at Community Fields, 3-0. The first round Intercity Tournament win was the first shutout of the year for the combined goalkeeping efforts of Christian Lopez and Michael Napolitano. UHigh will play against Normal West on Wednesday at home (4:30pm) for round 2 of the Intercity Tournament.
The Pioneers were in action again tonight against Morton High School. After a rough start, UHigh found themselves down 2-0 after two mistakes wound up in the back of their net. The Pioneers quickly recovered when Nate Clay beat a Potters defender along the endline and played a pass to JD Kelley who finished it, making the score 2-1 at halftime. UHigh came out strong in the second half when Nate Clay took a through pass from Jett Jenkins and beat the Morton keeper to tie the match. Minutes later, Jett Jenkins was on the end of a JD Kelley corner kick to take the lead 3-2. Nate Clay struck the fourth goal home when he found a loose ball in front of the Morton goal. UHigh won its first match of the season 4-2. They play Peoria Notre Dame on Saturday for their first home game of the season.
UHigh JV: 1-2L. Goal by Michael VanPlew.
The UHigh Men's Soccer team played to a 3-3 draw on Tuesday night in front of a rowdy Danville High School crowd on the road. The lead changed hands 3 times throughout the match as each team looked to pull away. UHigh got on the board first in the 15th minute when Jett Jenkins headed a JD Kelley cross into the net to make it 1-0. 5 minutes later, Danville was awarded a penalty kick on a handball in the box. They converted to make it 1-1 at halftime. In the second half, Danville took the lead on a breakaway goal 5 minutes into the half. UHigh tied the match at 2-2 when Nate Clay took a pass from Cayden Redd and poked the ball around the Danville goalie. Clay scored again 5 minutes later when he beat a Danville player on the wing and slotted a shot into the bottom left corner, giving UHigh the lead 3-2. UHigh's pressure was almost too much for the Vikings as they looked for a 4th goal, narrowly missing several chances. With 5 minutes remaining, Danville was awarded a corner kick that they flicked past UHigh keeper Christian Lopez to tie the game at 3-3. UHigh is in action again on Thursday night when they travel to Morton High School to take on the Potters (JV: 5pm, Varsity: 7pm).
UHigh JV: 1-1T. Goal by Nate Matheis.