Boys soccer: Trojans wilt against Mankato West
WORTHINGTON — As a thick mist permeated Trojan Field Thursday night, the Mankato West boys soccer team didn’t allow the hometown Trojans to score, and scored three times themselves to beat the Trojans 3-0.
At the start of the first half, it looked as if it would be an extremely even match. Neither team could get the ball deep into the other’s territory, as both defenses were playing well. Little by little, however, the Scarlets began to chip away and find holes in Worthington’s defensive scheme.
Then, midfielder Matthew Ouren broke it open at 19:22 in the first half. Ouren was awarded a free kick and he took advantage of it. Trojan goalkeeper Kody Honius stood behind a wall of defenders with their backs to him, hoping they could get in front of the shot. Unfortunately for the Trojans, however, their wall of protection ended up becoming nothing except a screen for Ouren’s shot, as Honius couldn’t see the ball until it was in the back of his own net — and the Scarlets were up by one.
Mankato carved the cut even deeper with another goal, this time by forward Ronaldo Flores. Honius came out to play a ball, and a shot ricocheted off the far crossbar. Flores streaked into the crowded box and leapt into the air. His head connected with the ball and found the twine.
The Trojans weren’t able to dig themselves out of their first-half hole, as the Scarlets were able to score yet again, utilizing Dillon Lambert, with an assist by Jacob Makela. Makela sent a strong pass from one side of the field to the other, and Lambert kicked the ball past a diving Honius to finish the scoring.
“We didn’t match up well with Mankato tonight,” Trojan head coach Smitty Ektanitphong said. “ They were too fast, too quick. At times we were just a step too slow.”
The Trojans’ record falls to 9-3-1. Mankato’s is now 12-3-1.
“It’s a good eye-opener for us, I know we have a lot of work to do, and sections are right around the corner on Monday, and we’ll be ready.”
Fourth-seeded Worthington will host Mankato-Loyola on Monday. Game time is 6 at Trojan Field.
Mankato West 2 1 — 3
Worthington 0 0 — 0