Western Hills head coach Daniel Cowan called his player “outstanding,” while his teammates simply referred to him as “Goss.”
Senior Adam Goss had two goals and one assist to help lead the Wolverines to a 5-1 win over Anderson County at Sower Soccer Field No. 2 on Tuesday night.
Goss’ performance on Tuesday came after being named last week’s Berea Cup tournament Most Valuable Player and helping WHHS (14-0-1) claim the tournament title.
“He’s outstanding,” Cowan said. “He has put together a string of five or six games that he has just been phenomenal. If I had to guard him, I would foul him all the time, because I couldn’t keep up with him.”
Goss said he couldn’t really remember the goals after he scores, which is entirely understandable because of the quick nature in how he plays.
“I know I’m pretty fast,” Goss said with a shrug and a smile. “I try to get them off balance and I also look for a player to my left. I can play a 1-2 if he hits me back and that’s usually easier. A lot of times there isn’t that option, so I just try to fake them one way, and then cut inside the post and then it is hard for them to get back on it.”
It’s a play Goss went to throughout the night and it paid off.
The match began with a yellow card on an Anderson County defender for tripping junior Cory Johnson. Senior Tyler Smith scored on the penalty kick to give WHHS a 1-0 lead with 23:21 remaining in the first half.
As Anderson County’s offense threatened on the Wolverines’ side of the field, senior goalkeeper Will Davis was drawn out of the net to collect a ball. With the ball loose, sophomore Corey Smith hit in the score to tie the match 1-1.
“Will always likes to get the shutout,” Cowan said. “It was a little communication shut down in the back. We talked about that before the day, how it is so important to communicate with only three guys in the back. We just had a little breakdown.”
With a tie game, Goss went to work instantly as soon as the ball was put back into play. The senior worked down the field with junior Elma Nfor exchanging the ball back and forth. Goss passed it to his teammate for one final pass and Nfor gave the Wolverines the lead again, now 2-1 only one minute later.
Goss continued to stay in the action with an assist from Lalo Juarez. Goss received the ball and tried once to get it past goalkeeper Jordan Thompson, but it was blocked back to his feet. His second try was successful making the score 3-1 with 11:18 left in the half.
Next a pass from Johnson intended for Goss was deflected off of ACHS’ Smith, before Goss connected the ball with the back of the net. It was his second score of the night to give the Wolverines a 4-1 lead.
After halftime, the senior managed to contribute once more. With 30 minutes left in the game, Goss was tripped and WHHS was awarded a penalty kick. Johnson added the team’s fifth goal with his connection, ending the game at 5-1.
Davis stayed in goal for WHHS until 15 minutes remaining when sophomore Andrew Bates took over. Thompson served as keeper for ACHS.
Goss praised the Anderson County defense as being “fast and aggressive,” especially over a sloppy soccer field in temperatures of low 50 degrees.
“This is definitely one of the worst we’ve played on because it is so muddy, cold, slick and wet,” he said.
WHHS will face another tough team Thursday night at No. 6 Tates Creek (9-2-4).
“We are ready,” Cowan said. “We love the big games.”
A win over the Commodores could advance the Wolverines even higher in the rankings. Currently WHHS is ranked 10th in the state, which is capping off an unforgettable season for the senior class.
“It is just awesome,” Goss said. “It is a great senior year for me. It is the way I want to go out.”