By Anthony Jones
After the team played their last game over a year ago and won third place at the IHSA State Finals, Triad’s boys soccer team is finally back in action. In their first week back, they also had the honors of being the first Triad varsity team to play on the school’s new turf field.
Their home opener was a windy affair against the Warriors of Granite City. Taking advantage of the strong wind at their backs, the team jumped out to a lead 10 minutes into action with a Jake Ellis goal of a free kick. This was the only score of the first half.
Things kept looking good for Triad in the second half as Tobey Suter drove in a goal with 19 minutes to play. But the Warriors would not give up and scored their first goal less than one minute later. Then with 14 minutes left, the visitors tied the game up.
The Knights had several promising situations in the next minutes, but could not finish.
With less than four minutes left in the game, Granite City took their first lead of the game with a goal off of a deflection. The score came too late for Triad to answer, leaving them to lose by a final score of 3-2.
In their first game of the season, Triad did manage a win however. The team travelled to Father McGivney to open the year up. In the 70 minute, Trent Cissell scored a header off a corner kick. Freshman Gibson Hunt assisted on the score. The Knights won by a final score of 1-0 in that contest.