The Henry County Wildcats went down in defeat to the Gallatin County Wildcats 3-1 last week, but the team showed much improvement according to Coach Bobby Jameson.
“Our defense, which includes Ethan Smith, Chris Redmon, Matt Wilson, Jacob Buckley and Eric Gidzinski, played great,” he said. “They got us on some long balls but they were not able to work it close. Eric Gidzinski, in particular, had an excellent game. He was the difference in keeping us close. We moved Matt Wilson, who usually plays central defender, to fullback and I was worried about his spacing and whether he would push up enough, but he did a great job all night.”
Gallatin scored first about eight minutes into the game and again midway through the first half. But from that point forward it became a scrappy affair in which Henry County had equal possession and numerous chances.
One of those chances was on a header by Gavin Jameson that went just wide of the post on a corner kick from Jesus Ramos. Another scoring opportunity that did not fall occurred in front of goal when there was a scramble in front of the net and the ball appeared to cross the goal line but the Gallatin goalkeeper knocked it back out and the referee did not have a good angle to make the call in favor of the Cats.
“We could easily have had four or five goals in the game,” Jameson said. “It just didn’t fall our way.”
In the second half, Gallatin got their third goal with about 20 minutes remaining.
Jesus Ramos scored the Wildcats’ lone goal with about 10 minutes left in the game when he dribbled from midfield to the 18-yard box and put the shot in the back of the net.
“We ran them ragged in the second half,” Jameson said. “They were hanging on for dear life and waiting to hear the final whistle. They were gassed in the end and we were getting stronger. Our understanding of the game and our conditioning are finally kicking in. Chris Redmon told me after the game that he was feeling stronger as the game went on. Some of that had to do with how our midfielders played. We kept it out of the defensive end more in the second half. Ethan Redmon had a lot to do with that. He kind of corrected some of our control issues in midfield.”
Jameson had high praise for goalie, Coleton Aneszko, who had 19 saves in the first half. “Coleton had 182 saves coming into tonight’s game,” he said. “I think he deserves consideration for All-State honors.”