DUNCANVILLE – It took Midlothian quite some time to get acclimated to its surrounds Wednesday night. A grass stadium, a pitched field and a Duncanville team that was attacking early all caused a lot of early head aches.
Fittingly, Brett Hames ended the head aches with a header.
Hames scored the first of his two goals on the at the 9:02 mark of the first half helping to wake the Midlothian offense as it tacked on two more second half goals and rolled to a 3-0 win. ?“After we got the goal we started playing a lot more in their end and it actually turned around for us,” Hames said. “It’s just a huge turnaround. The emotion of the game, it just wakes everybody up. It fires everybody up. You just get this burst of energy and it just helps you play from there on out.”
Playing on a grass field for one of the few times this season, Midlothian (12-4-2, 6-1-2 district) found itself playing defense for the first 20 minutes of the game. Duncanville used its knowledge of the field to attack early and often.
Goalie Scott Hayden had four saves in the first 10 minutes of play as Midlothian did not record a shot on goal until only 17:36 remained in the first half. The adjustment, according to coach Austin Guest was a fast learning process.
“We got put under a lot of pressure early but the guys did a really good job of playing their roles defensively, absorbing that pressure until we finally got a feel for the pitch and how it was going to play and got a feel for them and how they were going to play,” Guest said.
Midlothian’s second shot on goal came with Hames headed a Matthew Robertson corner kick into the net which resulted in a 1-0 halftime lead. That shot was a shot of life into the offense that carried over into the final 40 minutes.
Preston Haught added to the lead a little over 13 minutes into the second half when he finished off a Brian Robertson corner kick for the second goal of the game. Hames added the offensive exclaimation point with his second header of the game, this time off a Haught corner kick with just under 13 minutes left to play.
That shot, along with the defensive effort, iced an extremely physical match. That type of play is exactly what Hayden has come to expect out of his defensive coharts who have now held the last five district opponents to one goal or less with two straight shutouts. That type of effort will be needed against district leading Mansfield Legacy on Friday as the Panthers look to avenge their only loss in district this season.
“We play good every game. We shutout South Grand Prairie just this last game and I think it was Mansfield Timberview we also shutout. This is a good group of defenders,” Hayden said.