It doesn’t happen very often, that a goalkeeper in soccer gets a chance to score a goal, but it happened on Tuesday as A-D-M shut out Carlisle 5-0 and finished the regular season with a perfect conference record at 7-0, while extending their winning streak to seven games.
It was 4-0 and team captain and goalkeeper had logged 63 minutes manning the goal for the Tigers before he got his chance in the 76th minute. Danial Finnegan crossed to Baker, who then fired the ball into the left corner of the net to put the Tigers up 5-0 in the final game of the regular season.
Baker had his seventh shutout and his first goal of the season.
Jake Hutzell scored two goals in the game and brought his season total to a team-high 17 goals. Johnny Reel and Robbie Sloss also scored goals in the game.
The Tigers now move on to the substate tournament, where they will play either Knoxville or Oskaloosa on May 29 in Adel, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers have not played Oskaloosa this season, but defeated Knoxville 3-2 in Knoxville back on April 17.
The Tigers defeated Winterset 6-0 on Monday night and clinched the Raccoon River Conference Championship. They had a perfect conference record of 6-0 after the win against Winterset.
Shields thought the Tigers (11-5-1) played “poorly” in the first half and went into the break leading by just one goal before scoring three times in the first ten minutes of the second half. Robbie Sloss scored the goal for the Tigers in the first half, taking a cross-field pass from Noah Bardwell and firing to the opposite corner of the net.
In the second half, Ryan Head scored in the 42nd minute, Jake Hutzell scored four minutes later and Johnny Reel scored his first of two goals four minutes after that.
Bardwell also scored for the Tigers in the game against Winterset. A-D-M goalkeeper Darold Baker made five saves en route to his sixth shutout of the season.