WHS soccer Joost Mahler

Washington’s Joost Mahler clears a ball against Pike Central on Wednesday at the Sports Complex.

The Washington Sports Complex was the host for a perfect night of soccer on Wednesday — unless you were Washington’s opponent.

The Hatchets took advantage of perfect weather and conditions in WHS’s 7-0 IHSAA semi-final win over Pike Central, a team that has tested WHS in sectional in recent years.

“We got the early goal and that set the tone. I think we are peaking at the right time. I’m feeling good going forward,” sad WHS coach Evan Stoll.

“One of the keys was Marvin Perez-Ramos. He is such a creator out there. He did a great job of setting up Brady Hill, Jacob Davis and Lance Roach. They don’t have to worry about where the ball is going to come from but it is always going to be there.”

The Class 2A No. 4 Hatchets wasted no time, as leading scorer Brady Hill scored the first goal in the first minute of the game. To start the game, Hatchet Brock Melton found Hill on the the game’s first run at 39:37 to make it 1-0.

The Hatchets continued to dominated on the offensive side of the field in the first 20 minutes. Jacob Davis and Marvin Perez-Ramos all had early chances, but it was a shot from Hill that got the closest, as it found the post. Kyle Mann also had a solid chance in front of the net in the 16th minute, but unfortunately, it slid across the goal mouth.

The Chargers did not have possession of the ball much in the first half, but there were three opportunities where Hatchet keeper Joah Horrall had to come up with tricky saves.

Hatchets’ runs continued, as Jairo Sanchez nearly picked up the second goal, but it would be Davis that would take that honor at 4:23, when he found his own rebound and scored to make it 2-0. WHS had a distinct advantage in shots, 16-3 and 7-2 in corners.

The second half started with an Esteban Bercerra run up the right side and a cross that gave Davis a chance. However, Hill would get the Hatchets back on the scoreboard at 35:51. Moments after Hill hit the post for the second time, he was able to head in rebound to make it 3-0. Shortly after Pike’s Ethan Scott got a yellow card, WHS added a fourth goal at 32:30 when Hill found Davis for a tap-in and a 4-0 lead. Sanchez had another chance with a left-footed shot that just missed the left post at the 20-minute mark.

Pike’s Carson Johnson picked up a double yellow with 14:00 and the Hatchets moved on with one-man advantage for the rest of the game.

WHS took advantage with a goal from Justin Reel that was set up by Tyler Boyd with 9:27. Bryan Morales added the sixth goal with 6:22 left to play as WHS would go up 6-0, and just three minutes later, Kyle Mann added the seventh and final goal.

Wade Frances replaced Horrall in the second half as the pair combined for the second shutout of the sectional.

The championship will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday between the winner of the Gibson Southern and Princeton.

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