Boys soccer: Trojans control Fairmont in season opener
WORTHINGTON -- For a team with high aspirations this season, Worthington's 7-0 season-opening boys soccer victory over Fairmont on Thursday at Trojan Field was a good first step."This gives us a boost and keeps us hyped up to keep going this seas...
WORTHINGTON -- For a team with high aspirations this season, Worthington’s 7-0 season-opening boys soccer victory over Fairmont on Thursday at Trojan Field was a good first step.
“This gives us a boost and keeps us hyped up to keep going this season,” said junior forward Jon Keodouangsy, who scored four goals. “We’re trying to go to state this year and try hard enough to one up what we did last year (making the section finals).”
Everybody did their job for the Trojans. Starting forwards Keodouangsy and Eh Kyoo scored four goals and three goals respectively. The attacking midfielders Kevin Gutierrez, Victor Alvarez and Manuel Mendez set them up with perfect passes. And central defensive midfielder Anthony Euceda and centerback Chris Cerda stifled every Cardinals offensive possession and sent the ball back up the other side of the field.
“This is going to be a team thing and you can see that,” Worthington head coach Smitty Ektnitphong said. “We know what we have, it’s just a question of if we can perform at a consistent level. We started a little bit slow. They always do that, they want to feel out their opponents and once the momentum started carrying. When they turn it on, it’s just fun to watch.”
Keodouangsy opened the scoring in the 10th minute with an acrobatic bicycle kick on an Alvarez cross. Alvarez chased down a corner on the right side before pivoting and sending a chest high cross toward Keodouangsy who flipped over and kicked the ball out of the air and past the goalie.
Kyoo scored a pair of quick goals one after the other in the 15th and 16th minutes to make it 3-0. The first goal came on another perfect pass from Alvarez. Kyoo left the field with a limp after scoring his second goal, but returned to open the second half.
Keodouangsy then scored a pair goals in the 27th and 28th minutes to secure a first-half hat trick and give Worthington a 5-0 lead. He scored the first of the duo on a pass from Gutierrez. He received the pass, hammered a shot on goal that was saved, secured the rebound and easily deposited the ball in the net. On the goal in the 28th, he tracked down a perfect through-ball from the midfield and outran the defense, finding himself all alone in front of the net before scoring.
“The midfield was perfect,” Keodouangsy said. “I can’t say anything else besides it was perfect. I love the two midfielders Anthony (Euceda) and Victor (Alvarez), they’re the best midfielders I’ve ever seen.”
Kyoo and Keodouangsy each added a goal apiece in the second half. Kyoo got his hat trick in the 55th minute with an assist by Mendez. Keodouangsy scored his fourth goal on a penalty in the 59th minute to make it 7-0.
The large margin of victory gave Worthington an opportunity to give its bench players quality minutes. While the coach acknowledged the second teamers still have some things to work on, he said he was pleased with the effort they showed.
“We see them in practice,” Ektnitphong said. “And I know that they probably hate going up against our first unit all the time. But they still maintain their fundamentals that we ask them to do -- first touch, quality service and movement. They’re still new, but hopefully the first unit will give me a chance to send them out there more.”
The 1-0 Trojans are back at it again at 1 p.m. on Saturday as they host Mankato Loyola.
Fairmont 0 0 -- 0
Worthington 5 2 -- 7