Effingham starts regionals
Earlier this season, the Hearts played Mt. Zion at Effingham High School, a 2-1 victory for the home team.
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Hearts will play the Braves again, this time in the Class 2A Mattoon Regional.
Effingham coach Aaron Witges said his team will benefit from having played Mt. Zion recently.
“It definitely helps having played them once before,” he said. “It was kind of a rainy day, but we probably played our best game as a team all year.”
After a 2011 campaign that saw the Hearts win only once all year, Witges said the atmosphere around Effingham soccer is much healthier this year.
“This season the mindset is completely different,” Witges said.
He added that teamwork will be the key to how far the Hearts advance this postseason.
“It’s simple,” Witges said. “If they work together, no one can stop us.”