The boys soccer team destroyed the El Dorado Wildcats 13-0 yesterday at Tiger stadium in the first game of the season for the Tigers due to their overwhelming offensive pressure, the new head coach said.
“The key was high pressure up top,” Roger Downing said. “We really kept it on them the whole game.”
It was all Tigers from the opening kick as senior Kwame Parry dribbled through the whole defense and scored easily within 30 seconds.
The offense only improved from there.
“We have really good chemistry this year,” senior Jonathan Koontz said. “We communicated really well today as a team.”
Before the game Downing wanted to see his center mid-fielders step up.
“If they are strong this year then we will go far,” he said.
Center mid-fielder junior Ian Young scored four goals.
The team pulled its starters 20 minutes into the game and still scored five more goals including one from senior Wyatt Webb.
“Teamwork was key,” he said. “No matter how much better we are you still need the team to actually work together.
The game was mercifully over by halftime.
This game was considered to be almost a tune-up game for the Tigers by the players, however they did not take the game for granted.
“13-0 is a great start to any season no matter the opponent,” Koontz said.
Other players have their sights set higher than a first game blowout of a struggling team.
“Honestly, I think this team could make it to state,” Webb said. “If we play together and find passes we should be able to beat any team we face.”