Bearcats beaten by Hilltoppers
Adams scores three for 19-0 Westmont
JOHNSTOWN — Jacob Adams scored three goals to lead Westmont Hilltop to a 3-0 victory against Huntingdon in a District 6 Class 2A semifinal playoff match at Richland High School on Monday night.
Adams, who will continue his soccer career at Marshall University, played a strong all-around game, as he made plays on both ends of the field. The senior made his presence known 6:39 into the match when he beat Bearcats goalkeeper Isaac Snare for the game’s opening goal.
“I think we were in awe of him at the beginning of the game, just watching him with our jaws open,” Bearcats coach Phil Hawkins said. “We haven’t played against any other team that has a Division I soccer player.”
Adams increased the lead to two goals 12 minutes later.
“We don’t see that in the (Mountain) league; we don’t see that outside our league,” Hawkins said. “The guys were kind of like in complete amazement and were just watching him play.”
Huntingdon, meanwhile, could scarcely generate an attack. A volley shot by River Terry in the 44th minute sailed over the crossbar, beyond the reach of Hilltoppers goalkeeper Joe Becker.
Westmont Hilltop coach Jason Hughes said chemistry that has been established since the players’ formative years enabled the team to assert its dominance.
“They’ve come together. They always are together,” he said. “There’s no ‘I’ in the team. They all believe that they can do it — together.”
Adams completed the hat trick with a well-placed shot that eluded Snare to the far right post in the 55th minute.
“But then I think they came around a bit and they said, ‘If we can be a little bit tougher, when he doesn’t have the ball mark, and I think we’ll be OK,”’ Hawkins said.
“They’re a very good team – an outstanding team all around,” Hawkins said. “We tried our best. But they were a better team than we were.”
Huntingdon finished the season 9-7-2. Hawkins cited the Bearcats’ penalty kicks shootout victory against Penns Valley in the district quarterfinals as a memory that will never be taken away from them.
“That was certainly a highlight,” he said. “It’s a shame that anybody has to lose that kind of game. But for our kids, it’s something thaat they will remember.”
The Hilltoppers (19-0) will play Juniata for the distirct championship on Thursday at a site and time to be determined. Juniata blanked Forest Hills in the other semifinal match, 7-0.
Hughes admitted to knowing nothing about Juniata. And that is just fine with him.
“It keeps the boys honest. They don’t go in thinking any which way,” he said. “They’re just mentally prepared for the game.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Huntingdon 0 0–0
Westmont Hilltop 2 1–3
First half: WH–Adams, 7th minute (38:21 left in the half); WH–Adams, 19th (26:18).
Second half: WH–Adams, 55th (33:26).
Goalkeepers: H–Isaac Snare; WH–Joe Becker.
Records: Huntingdon (9-7-2), Westmont Hilltop (19-0).