It was a picture perfect, early evening match at Springfield. If you had gone by the mascots you might have guessed the Wildcats would feast on Elk, but it was instead an Elk stampede. Early in the match Tommy Seebacher sent a cross to a Troy Barklay slashing score. Keeper Zach Skerl recorded his first save, just beyond the midpoint of the half. Jarrod Ferstl joined the scoring party by promenading down the field and sending a slice to keeper’s left for a 2-0 Elk lead. Andrew Ludwig’s free kick was received by Ferstl, whose shot deflected off the keeper and was knocked in by Eric Jinn for a 3-0 Elk halftime advantage.
Brian Flynn’s cross was drilled in by a Barklay header for an early 4-0 lead second half lead. Luke Thomas sent a loft from beyond the 50 that Flynn ran under, carried, and released as a blast that easily found paydirt for a 5-0 lead. Flynn then rejoined the scoring party, this time escorted by Karan Naik. Although the Wildcat keeper seemingly had as many saves as Mariano Rivera’s 2013 season, Kyle Decuir earns the honorable mention by striking the crossbar off a Ferstl center feed. Chris Eubel’s throw-in was received off the bounce by Ferstl who chipped it out of keeper’s reach for a 7-0 lead. Eric Jinn then invited the keeper to dance, persisted, and passed it in from point blank range. Skerl went the distance and scooped a grounder as time expired to preserve the shutout victory. The 8-0 win improves the Elks season record to 9-3-2. The Elks host St X this Thursday night.