Boys soccer: Mike Gore’s hat trick leads 59ers to rivalry win
By JOHN O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent September 30, 2013 10:44PM
Andrean's Mike Gore is congratulated by Andrean's Mario Collada after his goal tying the game 1-1 at Andrean High School on Monday, September30, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:30AM
MERRILLVILLE — Michael Gore had more than a little motivation for Monday night’s ‘Holy War’ showdown with Bishop Noll.
As if playing against the 59ers’ bitter rivals wasn’t all the fuel Gore needed for this annual grudge match, there was the little matter of two yellow cards he was issued in Andrean’s win on the Warriors’ home field a year ago.
“That caused me to miss the next game (against Munster) and I felt really bad about that,’’ said Gore, who didn’t play in the final 13 minutes of last year’s game.
“Before tonight’s game I thought: ‘I can’t do what I did last year.’ I told myself to stay calm, but don’t forget about what happened.”
Gore definitely didn’t forget.
The senior midfielder scored a hat-trick, leading the 59ers (8-7) to a 4-2 win over the Warriors (7-4-1) in a matchup that was very chippy at times.
“In all the freaking years we’ve played against him, this is really the first time he’s really outdone us,” Noll coach Armando Garza said. “We’ve always contained him really well, but today, he found little openings and really took advantage of it. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s smart. He has a real nack of being in the right place at the right time.”
Noll’s Aaron Garza scored four minutes into the game to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead, before Gore managed to tie knot the score with the first of his three goals less than three minutes later.
“Gore’s such a strong player, we expect him to score goals,” Andrean coach Pete Reist said. “He’s our go-to guy up there. He’s supposed to get those goals. If he isn’t getting them, then something is wrong.”
The two teams battled the final 33:19 of the first half without scoring, before Chase Dawson scored at 49:38 to put Andrean on top for good at 2-1.
Gore added two goals — one at 52:21 and another at 68:28 — to make it 4-1.
The Warriors had two goals waived off in the final 22 minutes for being offsides, before Alex Avalos scored at 76:57.
“It’s unfortunate, but I give the guys a lot of credit, because they were playing hard to the end,” Garza said. “When we got down 4-1, it would have been easy to put our heads down, but they didn’t. In fact, I thought we out-played them with our ball movement and the opportunities we had, it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t come through.”