The Mulvane boys’ soccer team had an opportunity to catch Rose Hill looking ahead to next week.
Rose Hill would have none of it. The Rockets soundly defeated Mulvane 9-0 on Tuesday behind two goals each from Jessie Treat and Christian Naillieux.
“You’ve still got to play hard. You’ve got to treat it like any other game, because if you don’t, that mindset will set in,” said Jerry Treat, Rose Hill head coach.”That’s not a good thing. You’ve got to treat it like any other game and see what happens.”
The Rose Hill offense came out in a flurry, tapping in three goals in the first seven minutes, capped by Will Wyatt knocking in the rebound off of a corner kick. Jessie Treat chipped in a goal eight minutes before halftime to give the Rockets their 6-0 edge into the half.
Dom Swindler, Grant Goings and Jake Treat added goals after the break to give Rose Hill its 9-0 victory.
Rose Hill, now 10-2, knew the likely outcome against a winless Mulvane squad before it entered the game, but needed the game to stay sharp for a bigger test to come.
“Our focus is usually to think that we’re playing a better team like Trinity next week, and to try and get ready for that game,” Swindler said. “We try to stay organized and work on finishing as much as we can.”
Oct. 11 marks a rematch of the 4-1A championship game of 2010, where Wichita Trinity bested the Rockets 1-0.
“It’s a statement game. A lot people think we’re overrated this year,” said Jessie Treat. “We had a tough game against McPherson, so this is another game to kind of come out and prove who we really are.”
Swindler understands that the stakes are high – a win against Trinity may pay off in playoff seeding.
“Last year’s state championship game could be this year’s state championship game,” he said. “We need to work as hard as we can, just in case we see them in regionals. We want that home field advantage.”