With four games left, Warren Woods Tower’s 4-0 boys soccer win over visiting St. Clair on Wednesday was a big one.
Tower improved to 2-2-1 in the last five games and kept it undefeated at home this year.
“We’re getting on a run late in the season,” Tower coach Joe Pysh said. “That’s exactly what we needed.”
Jared Johns, Christian Sipley, Eric Yang and Trevor Ajini scored for Tower (6-5-3, 3-3-2 MAC Gold).
“Aside from the goals, they provide a calm sense of composure,” Pysh said of Sipley and Ajini, who are both senior captains. “The way they handle the ball, it gives the rest of the team confidence.”
Sipley and Jeremy Rindal each added an assist, and Justin King stopped all three shots he saw for Tower — which had a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Tower lost to St. Clair, 4-1, on Sept. 7. Pysh said his team played calmer on Wednesday, while not losing the sense of urgency a late-season game like this one requires.
“We wanted to win just as much,” Pysh said. “We were a little too eager (last time) and we got ourselves into some trouble that we didn’t need to. Today, we approached it with a sense of urgency, but not rushed. Our talent level didn’t change and their talent level didn’t change. We just played Tower soccer and the outcome was a little different.”
Tower hosts Lake Shore on Monday, the first of its last four games of the regular season. Pysh said the game is especially important after Tower and Lake Shore played to a pair of ties earlier in the season.
On Aug. 27 at the South Lake Tournament, hosted by St. Clair Shores South Lake, Tower and Lake Shore — which won the tournament — played to a 0-0 draw, before Lake Shore won in penalty kicks. They faced each other again on Sept. 8 at Lake Shore in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie.
“We’ve been on the losing end of Lake Shore for the last three years,” Pysh said. “That, I think, is a game the guys want to win a little bit more because they’ve been on the losing end of it a few times. It’s a game I think we can win.”
St. Clair is 6-5-0, 4-4-0.
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Al Willman is a freelance writer