Mason Hiser and Gavin Hiser played with a heavy heart Thursday evening for the Augusta boys soccer match at home against Mulvane.
On a night when the team honored breast cancer awareness month, the two brothers were playing for their mother, who has dealt with cancer since 2007. She was in the stands to watch her boys as the Orioles beat the Wildcats 3-2.
“It meant the world to us, because it’s probably the last cancer game my mom’s going to see,” said Mason.
The Orioles came out right away and played with some passion and intensity. Mason gave his mom something to get excited about as he scored a goal on a penalty kick to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead early in the first half.
Brandon Denoncourt got the scoring started with an incredible goal off a corner kick. With the wind in his favor, he hooked a shot that went right past the goalie on the far side of the net for a 1-0 Oriole lead.
The Orioles dominated early. Kyler Steinkamp easily had one of his best games in the past couple weeks. He had four shots on goal early and was able to facilitate the offense with good passing.
The entire team was playing on an emotional ride, which gave a much-needed boost for its third match in four days. The Orioles beat Mulvane 7-0 in their last meeting, but this match was much closer.
“We didn’t have any legs tonight, and that was a lot of it,” coach Monty Rowland said.
The Wildcats took advantage of that with two goals to tie it 2-2. But the Orioles put it away with a second-half goal for the win.
Rob Winzer was hurt prior to the game, and Patrick White suffered another injury to his ankle that kept him on the sidelines most of the match.
Augusta will play three matches in four days again next week, starting with a road game against Wichita Independent Monday.