Owen High boys soccer continues winning streak into conference games

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Owen High boys soccer scored 10 goals against Mountain Heritage on Sept. 20.

Owen High boys soccer racked up 10 goals in another conference win of the season over Mountain Heritage High on Sept. 20. 

Mountain Heritage scored one goal in the second half for a final score of 10-1. In two conference games, against Mitchell High School and then Mountain Heritage, Owen scored 22 goals in total. 

"In eight games we've scored 47 goals," said Owen coach David Fiest. "I do feel like we've got something really, really special right now."

As of Sept. 22, Owen had won eight games in a row. The most recent wins have been by more than seven goals, having defeated Mitchell 12-0 and Polk County 8-1. 

Harrison Kendall scored Owen's first goal against Mountain Heritage off an assist from attacking midfielder Nino Luther. Only three minutes later, a goal from Kendall's younger brother, Davis Kendall, assisted by striker Daniel Garcia, put the Warhorses up 2-0. 

Owen High boys soccer scored 10 goals against Mountain Heritage on Sept. 20.

A goal from Garcia with assist from fellow striker Jason Gun gave Owen a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the first half. A long shot from Gun outside of the penalty box tacked an extra goal into Owen's rapidly growing lead. The Warhorses carried this momentum to lead 5-0 at halftime. 

This game marked freshman Davis Kendall's second match of the season, coming back from an injury, according to Fiest. 

Fiest said the team needs to continue to work on its tactics. Building organization through live game tactics remains Fiest's priority throughout the team's winning streak.

"I'm trying to keep my team motivated and hungry and challenged in the right spots," Fiest said. "We need to continue to challenge ourselves individually and as a team." 

Owen High boys soccer scored 10 goals against Mountain Heritage on Sept. 20.

With the momentum the team carries, Fiest aims to top off the conference matches with a win, putting the team in a good position for the state playoffs. Once this first goal has been achieved, the state championship will be in sight, the ultimate objective for Fiest and his team. 

Fiest has faith in his team, saying that if the players stay motivated and confident, both goals will be within reach. He said the mental game has been a large part of the team's practice these past few weeks in an effort to stay strong and build cohesion.

"It's really just a lot of mental," Fiest said. "The biggest and most important thing is the mental practice. It's what has translated into a lot of our cohesiveness."