Playing against a Tipton team that only fielded 10 players, the Mississinewa Indians took care of business in their first sectional game on Monday evening, advancing to the semifinal round with a 6-1 triumph over the Blue Devils.
Though Head Coach Jared Reel was not pleased with how his team began the game, he was certainly happy with how they finished. Mississinewa scored four of their six goals after halftime, and really dominated the final 40 minutes of play.
“We played very sluggish in the first half,” Mississinewa Head Coach Jared Reel said. “We were very lackluster [despite] Tipton only having 10 men. [But in the] second half we became more ruthless and began passing the ball around creating more chances. The ball movement was good in the second half.”
Colin Yoder notched a hat trick, while Holden Brown, Hayden Ulerick, and Cameron Sizemore also scored a goal in the Indians’ victory. Cody Nantz made two saves in net.
Now, Mississinewa will look to earn some redemption against Oak Hill, who beat them by a goal in their regular season finale.
“The focus for Wednesday will be to limit Oak Hill’s strikers from shooting by not giving them space,” Reel said. “We have to be more tactical when we have possession of the ball and move it down as a team.”