After the Tigers took down ICE rival Peotone in the Sectional Semifinal, they looked ahead to a familiar foe in Joliet Catholic Academy. Herscher defeated the Hillmen in last year’s Sectional Semifinal round and looked to do the same again in the championship round. The plan did not come to fruition for the Tigers this year as the Hillmen took home the championship with a 1-0 win.
The Tigers seemed to have come out slow with little but many mistakes in the first five minutes. The Hillmen took advantage of the slow pace and found a hole in the Tiger defense with a rebound goal from freshman Aldo Estrada. After the early goal, the Tigers seemed to wake up and hold the Hillmen to few chances if any.
After the half the Tigers came out hard in an attempt to tie it up. The Tigers failed to produce even though there were many chances given throughout the last forty minutes. In the end though, the Tiger seniors laced up their cleats for the final time on Friday. Coach Alan High said, “This year’s seniors instilled great leadership in the underclassmen and it’s something that the younger guys can continue in the next few years.”