ROANOKE – Ashton Hubert forged a record-setting goal path for the Roanoke-Benson/Eureka program in 2018 when he recorded 30 goals.
This fall, the Eureka senior is even more en fuego (on fire). He has registered a total of six hat tricks for the co-op, who has a 10-1-1 record.
“The winning part is definitely the most important,” said Hubert. “The goals are an extra incentive, but I want to win.”
He has scored four goals in five other games and has 34 in all, which computes to 49 percent of the offense. He was shut out in the Rockets’ lone defeat, a 2-1 setback to Peoria Richwoods in the final of the Colin Smith Invitational at Stillman Valley.
Hubert’s four goals in Thursday’s 6-0 triumph at Canton eclipsed his former seasonal record.
When he does put the ball into the net, that pumps up the rest of the squad.
“That energizes them and they kind of feed off of that,” said R-B/E head coach Dennis Kennell.
Rather than attacking angles, Hubert prefers finding the net right down central.
“I like to come straight down. It gives me a choice to go left or right,” he commented.
Hubert’s efforts have put R-B/E in position to shatter the single season goal record. They sit at 69 and need just six more to shatter the standard of 75 set in ’18.
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“His goal is to win,” Kennell said. “He’s more of a team player than getting goals for himself. That’s very evident. He’s a great leader on and off the field. He’s a big reason why we’ve been so successful.”
One of the biggest improvements Kennell has seen in Hubert’s quickness.
“He’s gotten faster as he’s gotten older,” he said. “He’s really gotten faster. He has a lot of skill and speed. The speed has helped him a lot.”
According to Kennell, of the 22 players out on the field, Hubert is usually the most talented or second most.
“He’s been the best player on the field,” the coach said. “Last year, he was sometimes the best player. He has a passion for winning and that comes to the forefront.”
Hubert is line for somewhere in the low 60s for a total, which would rank him in the top 10 in state history for a single season.
“My goal this year is 45,” he admitted. “I thought that’s crazy. If it keeps going, I do not plan on slowing down.”
The co-op meets Illini Bluffs this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. from Traister Field on the Eureka College campus.
Notes: The state record for most goals in a season is 71 set by Chicago Gordon Tech’s Robert Meschback in 1976 when Kennell was a senior at R-B.