Hamilton’s Bryce DeVries (23) tries to head the ball past Hopkins’ Gabriel Pedrino. (Photo by Jason Wesseldeyk)

Gilbert spearheads Hamilton’s effort in victory over Hopkins

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

To say the conditions were less than ideal during the non-league boys’ soccer match between visiting Hamilton and Hopkins on Tuesday, Sept. 8, would be an understatement.
A steady rain fell throughout the opening half, rendering the field slick and sloppy.
That, however, did little to deter Hawkeye sophomore Brady Gilbert and his teammates.
Gilbert scored three goals to lead Hamilton to the 5-0 victory at Hopkins’ expense.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Hawkeyes, upping their record to 2-4.
“This was by far the best overall offensive game we’ve played all season,” Hamilton coach Tyler Robinson said. “Our other win was by the mercy rule (8-0 over Saugatuck), but even in that game we didn’t play as well as we did today.
“We did an excellent job of getting everyone involved and looking to make the second and third pass. It was definitely a step in the right direction for us.”
Robinson believes this game will provide momentum to his young squad, which has only five seniors and three juniors on the roster as compared to nine combined sophomores and freshmen.
“Being as young as we are, I really think it took us those first five games to kind of get our bearings. Hopefully this is the start of some improved play for us.”
Gilbert is one of the Hawkeyes who has been playing well from the start of the season.
Entering the season, Gilbert was expected to be Hamilton’s prime scoring threat. He’s lived up to those expectations, including his multi-goal effort against Hopkins.
“Brady’s definitely the engine that drives our offense,” Robinson said. “The problem is sometimes we get so mesmerized watching his footwork that we forget about what we’re supposed to be doing. But now we’re starting to look for passes from him and he’s creating a lot of chances for us.”
 

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