EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville's soccer team hadn't played since last Thursday, when the Tigers defeated O'Fallon on the road.

“In the first half, I thought we should have done a better job,” said EHS coach Mark Heiderscheid. “We hadn't played for a bit and I thought (Waterloo) Gibault did a fine job in terms of their energy, their ability to connect; they created some chances.”

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The Tigers, though, shook off whatever rust had developed and got second-half goals from Michael Glisson, Michael Picchiotti and Bayne Noll to defeat the Hawks 3-0 at Tiger Stadium Wednesday evening.

“We did (create some chances) as well, but it was a thing that I was hoping, with the layoff, that we'd come out with a little more energy and just be a little more creative,” Heiderscheid said. “That said, it was very similar to the Belleville East game (where the Tigers upended the Lancers 4-0 after a scoreless first half); if you look at the East game, we were connecting a lot better in the first half, but no goals, but we sorted out a few options and started to play a little wider, focus a little bit different in terms of our attacking structure and reaped the benefits with four goals pretty quickly.

“In this one here, there was a stretch in the middle of the second half when we kept it at the other team's 18 (yard box) for quite a span, and I think that was telling. The goals we got, they were ones where we we able to run players, be very creative.”

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Edwardsville's first goal, in the 50th minute, came when Kyle Wright took possession and found Glisson with a feed; Wright put it past Hawk goalkeeper Trevor Davis to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. Four minutes later, Alec Mills hit Picchiotti with a pass and Picchiotti drove in and knocked the ball past Wright to extend the lead to 2-0.

Edwardsville's final goal of the match came in the 74th minute when Mills found Noll charging down the left side and gave him a feed, which Noll put past Davis for a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers had 10 shots on goal for the match, while Gibault managed to fire two; Daniel Picchiotti turned back two shots while Davis had seven saves on the evening for Gibault.

The Tigers went to 6-0-1 on the season with the win; they head to the Morton Invitational tournament in Morton Friday and Saturday.

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