EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville Tiger offense proved to be potent in Tuesday night’s Southwestern Conference contest against the Collinsville Kahoks at the District 7 Sports Complex in Edwardsville.
The Tigers scored two goals in the first half and two more in the second half for a 4-0 shutout win. Edwardsville improves to 8-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the SWC.
“This is one you don’t want to read too much into,” Tigers' head coach Mark Heiderscheid said. “We do a good job with Collinsville, but I think that’s because you get the two quick, early goals. With (Riley) Patterson making such an impact there early, that sets a tone. But Collinsville did such a great job with the work rate throughout the contest. So, if you look at it on paper and you see 4-0 and we had a couple of shots that were sprayed that could have been five. To me, it’s a much more challenging game than the 4-0 reflects.”
Senior Michael Picchiotti scored one goal and assisted in another. He netted the Tigers first goal at the 8:57 mark. Patterson fired off a shot at Collinsville’s goal. The ball bounced off of Collinsville’s goalkeeper Brett Niedzwiecki and Picchiotti, just inches from the Niedzwiecki, kicked the ball into the goal with his right foot.
“We haven’t had good first halves here lately,” Picchiotti said. “Having a good first half and then finishing in the second half, it was a good all-around game.”
Patterson, not a starter, scored at the 15:00 mark to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. Patterson took a shot approximately 10-yards from the goal. His shot started to the east of the goal and landed in the west side.
“Patterson had been a sleeping giant,” Heiderscheid said. “He hasn’t scored too many goals yet, but he’s also missed several games because he’s kicking with the football team but he’s absolutely lethal.”
Collinsville (3-5, 2-1 SWC) might have scored early in the contest, as Nick Suria fired off two shots roughly five minutes into the contest. However, Edwardsville goalkeeper Daniel Picchiotti, Michael’s brother, stopped both shots. Edwardsville had eight shots on goal while Collinsville had four.
“They’re a good team, to go down two goals in 17-minutes against the Edwardsville Tigers at Edwardsville is not the situation you want to be in no matter what type of team you are,” Collinsville coach Clay Smith said. “Those first two goals are preventable, maybe. They’re a good team and they attacked, they moved the ball well. They took the wind out of our sails, it’s tough to come back from.”
Edwardsville controlled the flow of play in the six-minute time frame between their first two goals, but then the play evened out and the contest was played on both sides of the field in the final 20-minutes of the first half and in the first 15-minutes of the second half.
Michael Glisson gave the Tigers their third goal at the 54:07 mark, as Michael Picchiotti kicked the ball toward the goal from approximately 30-yards out. The ball was on target and Glisson was close to the goal and within seconds put it in.
Bayne Noll scored the Tiger’s final goal with 12:38 left to play in the contest.
The Tigers will return to action at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday against Normal Community West in Normal.