The Hoopeston Area High School Cornjerkers opened up postseason play with a victory over Watseka by the score of 9-0 Saturday at home.

Isaias Diaz scored with 31:04 on the clock for a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Talan Gredy-Nelson made the score 2-0. Ben Brown scored the next two goals in the half with one of the assist coming from Talan Gredy-Nelson on a corner kick.

Eight minutes into the second half Ben Brown scored his third and fourth goals of the game with help from Nick Hofer on a throw-in and a chip pass to spring Brown open. Nick Hofer decided it was his turn to score when he found room to score at the 25:32 mark to make the score 7-0.

Ben Brown scored his final goal of the day with 8:52 left thanks to his good buddy Nick Hofer helping to get Brown open. Owen Root scored the last Cornjerker goal to make the final score 9-0.

Ben Brown’s five goals on the night makes three short from breaking Brandon Roberts’ record of thirty-six goals in a season.

Derek Drayer had two saves and earned his eighth win on the season and earned his third shut-out on the season. The Cornjerkers record is sitting at 18-5-1.

Hoopeston Area traveled to Gilman to play St. Anne in round two of the IHSA Regional. The Cornjerkers took care of business in the first half thanks to sophomore Gavin Montez who scored the first two goals of the game via a headshot on a throw-in by Nick Hofer and a corner kick by Talan Gredy-Nelson. Ben Brown made the score 3-0 going into the half from another great throw by Hofer.

The second half started another Hofer to Montez for his third goal of the night. St. Anne fought back with a goal from Logan Tolly. Two minutes later Brown scored on a chip from Hofer. St. Anne made it a game when they scored the next three goals from Reece Curtis, Juan Chagoya and Anthony Syrigas to make it 6-4. Ben Brown broke the career goals in a season with the assist to Isaias Diaz to make the final score 7-4.

Derek Drayer was the winning goalie and had five saves. Nick Hofer broke the school record for most assists in a game with five.

Hoopeston Area will travel to Gilman for the IHSA Regional Championship against Bloomington Central Catholic at 10 a.m.

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