The McClain boy’s soccer team rebounded from a season-opening loss at Wilmington and easily defeated Fairfield 11-1 Monday night in Greenfield.
Senior Cody Hardesty was outstanding getting a double hat-trick scoring 6 goals while setting a new school scoring record.
“Cody (Hardesty) was outstanding tonight and I look for a lot more of that from him this year,” McClain Coach Jon Chamblin said “He’s quicker than most people on the field and really uses that to his advantage.”
The Tigers got another hat-trick in the contest from Tyler Jackson which included back to back header goals.
“Tyler (Jackson) was also very impressive offensively tonight having a hat trick and a couple of nice headers.”
Fairfield scored first on a goal by Randy Lamb at the 36:09 mark of the opening half. But it would be a short-lived advantage after Hardesty scored three straight goals later in the period which gave McClain a 3-1 lead at the break.
Hardest got the second half scoring started with his fourth goal of the game at the 39:37 mark followed by a pair of header goals by Jackson and the Tiger advantage grew to 6-1.
McClain would later get two more goals from Hardesty and single goals from Jackson, Trace Poore, and Tommy Henry en route to the 11-1 non-league victory.
“Defensively, we just fell apart,” Fairfield Coach Brian Ortlicb said “We kind of fell into a trap and got into some really bad habits that continued throughout the game.”
“Once we fell behind it kind of got into their heads and for lack of a better term and just threw in the towel. We just didn’t adjust well at all so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Tigers got an outstanding performance at the goal from first-year keeper Cam Yates who registered seven saves on goal in the match.
“This was a big win and confidence builder for us,” said Chamblin “We passed the ball really well and played shut-down defense all night.”
“It was a total team effort and shows the potential that I always knew this team had.”
McClain (1-1) travels to Clinton Massie on Thursday, August 27th for another tough S.C.O.L. road game.