WASHINGTON — It took everything the Titans had, but they narrowly managed to remain unbeaten on Tuesday night.
Gibson Southern fended off Washington for a 2-1 victory in a clash between arguably the Pocket Athletic Conference’s two top teams.
And when it came time for kickoff, both teams were on a mission to prove they were ‘the top dog’ in the PAC.
The two teams combined for an astounding 28 fouls (19 committed by the Hatchets), including 14 offsides (nine by the Hatchets), and eight yellow cards between the two teams (five of which were given to the Hatchets).
But in the end even shorthanded, the Titans (10-0-1) bested the Hatchets (5-3).
Senior Justin Barthel and sophomore Regan Farmer each scored a goal to lead the Titans to victory, in a match in which the Titans were held to just six shot attempts, but were incredibly efficient in the looks they had.
Senior Preston Riggs recorded the lone assist of the afternoon for the Titans, and senior goalie Ryan Ziliak recorded six saves.
From Gibson Southern’s perspective, this is an incredibly impressive victory. The Titans remain without juniors Mosbah Alshwikh and Isaac DeFelice, two key pieces in their attack. To defeat arguably the second best team in the conference without the two juniors, it bodes well for their postseason success.
Alshwikh and DeFelice are both expected back within the next week or so.
The Titans — who are ranked 32nd nationally according to Maxpreps.com — will return to action on Thursday night as they travel to face Tell City (2-7) at 7 p.m.