ROSE HILL — Rose Hill junior Dom Swindler doesn't get many chances to display his offensive skill set.
So when he does have the opportunity, he knows he has to make the most of it. Swindler did that Tuesday night, playing a part in both of Rose Hill's goals as the Rockets defeated visiting Wichita Trinity 2-1.
Two minutes after returning to the game after leaving because of dizziness, Swindler pushed the ball down the sideline before placing a perfect pass to Ramsey Khalidi to put the Rockets up 1-0 with 12:28 left in the first half. Two minutes later Swindler added a goal of his own.
"It felt great," Swindler said. "This is a big rivalry and we all have a lot of friends over there so it's always fun to play against them."
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Despite having all the momentum against them, the Knights fought back. With 8:26 remaining in the first half, Trinity's Brooks Bane took a Josh Rogg pass and found the back of the net.
That was all the offense that the Knights could muster, however. With midfielder Michael Brewer out with a thigh bruise, the Knights struggled to find a rhythm offensively.
"We were in it, but with Mike down it was hard for us to connect on some things," Trinity coach Tom Nykamp said. "They are a good team and it was a game that we were in. As young as we are, being able to play with a team like this is encouraging. If there is such a thing as a good loss, this is one."
The Rockets (8-1) dominated the second half, even though the scoreboard didn't change. Rose Hill's aggressive offensive strategy was in full force, leading to five shots, while Trinity had zero attempts.
"We didn't get a goal, but I think we did a great job of controlling the second half," Rose Hill coach Jerry Treat said.
Trinity goalkeeper Quentin Walters kept the Knights (8-3) in the game with four of his five saves in the second half.
Wichita Trinity1 0 — 1 Rose Hill2 0 — 2
First half—Rose Hill, Khalidi (Swindler); Trinity, Bane (Rogg); Rose Hill Swindler (unassisted). Shots— Trinity, 2-0—2; Rose Hill 3-5—8. Saves— Trinity, Walters 1-4—5; Rose Hill, Raevsky 1-x—1; Rose Hill x-0—0.