Pacific Rallies, Defeats Sullivan
It was a frustrating month for Sullivan and Tuesday's Four Rivers Conference game at Pacific added to what has been a vexing stretch.
Up 2-0 in the first half, Sullivan allowed three goals in the second half and fell 3-2, their seventh one-goal loss.
Head coach Bill Kackley said after a great first half, "the wind went out of our sails" after giving up the first goal of the second.
There was a feeling of "here we go again," Kackley said.
Danny Keogh put Sullivan up 1-0 early in the game, then Blake Dautenhahn kicked his first goal of the season. Jacob Rohrer had the assist on both goals.
Pacific charged out the gate in the second. Isaiah Knotts booted the game-winner past Jacob Wiley, who made 11 saves.
Kackley said Sullivan suffered a pair of key injuries to Jacob Hamblin and Ethan Kackley that affected the outcome.
Tuesday's loss was Sullivan's third straight one-goal loss. "We're just trying to get out of this rut," Kackley said. "We've had the lead, lost it late and play 20 bad minutes at most that kill us."
Sullivan had a difficult test Wednesday against North County. The Raiders scored three goals in the second half to post a 4-0 victory and continue a strong season.
"They're definitely good," Kackley said. "We played with them for the most part."
Dautenhahn was in goal for Wiley and made four saves.
Sullivan plays at Washington on Wednesday before the schedule eases up a bit heading down the stretch.
"Washington has a good club," Kackley said. "They're solid defensively and we'll be shorthanded still."
Kackley said they would switch up formations and try to win a defensive struggle. With districts just a couple weeks away, Kackley said he wants to see the team get better on defense.
"We need to try to be more aggressive and work on moving as a unit," he said.
Sullivan plays at De Soto on Oct. 9, then hosts Union on Oct. 10, Dixon on Oct. 11 and Belle on Oct. 12.