Foretelling the scoring onslaught that was to come, head coach Dave Lilly called out to senior Sonney Basham early in the match and asked, "What do you see?" Basham's response said it all -- " I see great things." Great things were indeed in store for the Tiger Cubs.
It took the Tiger Cubs 15 minutes to get their first score, but after the first goal, Greencastle went on a run the Cadets were never able to recover from.
Senior Brandon Query got the Tiger Cubs on the board with 25:51 on the clock when he sent a shot past Cadet keeper Avery Franklin on a rebounded shot from Basham. Query added his second goal less than a minute later on a left footed blast.
Four minutes later fellow senior Mitchell Ball scored off a Basham header attempt with 21:03 on the clock. Ball scored again with 17:59 on the clock to put Greencastle up 4-0.
Fellow senior Basham got into the scoring act with 16:06 as he sent a one-bounce header off a corner kick from Ball. Query added his third goal of the first half to put Greencastle up 6-0 with 2:35 on the clock.
Greencastle closed out the first half with a goal from Basham with :14 left to give GHS a 7-0 lead at the break.
The high the Tiger Cubs were riding from the first half hit a snag when leading goal scorer Basham was cited for a red card with 36:55 on the clock. Lilly met the officials at mid-field and after a brief discussion, the red card was waved off and a yellow card leveled on Basham. Basham spent the rest of the match on the GHS bench.
The Tiger Cubs proved once again they are not a one-player team as exchange student senior Marcos Usso scored :24 later to put GHS in front 8-0. He added another goal at the 29:53 mark.
Cascade got its first score of the match when Mason Lewis scored with 24:59 remaining the game, to cut the Tiger Cub lead to 9-1. That would be as close at the Cadets would get.
For all the scoring Greencastle did on the night, it's most exciting goal of the night was a hook-up between seniors Query and Jon Good. Query was putting on a ball-handling clinic on the north side of the GHS pitch when Good called out from the middle of the field. Query quickly turned and fired a left-footed arching cross shot that Good finished off with a diving header.
"I'm glad they all got their goals," Lilly said of his seniors. "I was worried about Jon, but then he comes through on one. Brandon delivers that great ball and Jon with the diving header to finish. I mean, that was about as good as they come even though the score aside. You like to see that type of play going into the tournament.
Ball closed out the Tiger Cubs' scoring when he scored with 9:14 left in the contest.
Ironically the two squads will hook up in the opening round of the Bethesda Christian Sectional next Wednesday. Lilly said he instructed his squad to play a certain way and they answered the call.
"We get them again on Wednesday," he said. "We talked about it before the game and we said the best thing we can do is go out there and play like we're a goal down, play with the intensity like we did Tuesday against (Terre Haute) North at their senior night, which was probably the most energy our guys have brought to a game all year I'd say."
Greencastle and Cascade will meet Wednesday in the second game of the opening round of the Bethesda Christian.
Cascade 0 1 -- 1
Greencastle 7 4 -- 11
GHS -- Query 25:51
GHS -- Query 25:04
GHS -- Ball 21:03
GHS -- Ball 17:59
GHS -- Basham 16:06
GHS -- Query 2:35
GHS -- Basham :14
GHS -- Usso 36:31
GHS -- Usso 29:53
CAS -- Lewis 24:59
GHS -- Good 12:53
GHS -- Ball 9:14