Dillon Hoglen turned in a hat trick Thursday evening, and Parkview Baptist turned the tables on The Dunham School 3-0 in a Division III, District 7 boys soccer match at Parkview.
Dunham (4-6-3, 1-1) had found success against Parkview in recent seasons, including sweeping a pair of district games last year. This time the inspired Eagles (10-5, 3-0) took a 2-0 lead at halftime, and were never pressured again.
“I think we did good today,” Hoglen said. “We’ve improved a lot since last year. We’ve got some new players, and we played to win. We’ve lost to Dunham two or three times, and this time we were ready to beat them.”
Hoglen’s first goal came midway through the first half after Eagles’ leading scorer Aysar Sheikha sent a pass deep into the box. Hoglen was taken out by the Dunham goalkeeper, and Hoglen converted a penalty kick for the first score.
“It was kind of a goal against the run early on,” Parkview coach Roger Charcap said. “They were pressing us. We put a ball over the top, and a got a penalty kick out of it. That settled us down a little bit.”
Late in the half, Sheikha played a ball to Hoglen left of the goal. Hoglen finished the play, and Parkview led 2-0 at halftime.
Much of the second half play was on even terms. Dunham got solid play from center backs Dylan Gilbert and Matt Huffman, but was unable to find the back of the net.
“Dunham came out with some really good adjustments (after the half),” said Charcap, who credited the play of midfielders Trey Voohries and Trent Cavanaugh as crucial in the win.
“It was a fairly even game during the run of the play,” Dunham coach Willie Davis said. “But they had their chances and finished them. We had ours, and we did not.”
Hoglen’s final goal came with less than 10 minutes to play. After gaining possession from 40 yards out near the left sideline, Hoglen sent a laser shot to the upper right corner of the net. The kick put an exclamation point on a triumphant win for Parkview.
“We just fought,” Charcap said. “I was really proud of the win because every goal we had to work for, and it wasn’t easy. We battled, and it showed us that we’re a tough team.”