Typically, you don’t see a whole lot of high scoring soccer matches. The Northwest Mohawks boys soccer team are an outlier to that.
The Mohawks have outscored their first two opponents 16-2 after defeating the Valley Indians 9-1 on Wednesday evening.
Northwest wasted no time to start things off. The Mohawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:31 into the game, as senior Tyler Webb scored on an assist from junior Evan Throckmorton. It was Webb’s first of three goals on the day.
The offensive attack continued for Northwest throughout the first ten minutes of the game. Nearly a minute and a half after the Mohawks’ first goal, they scored again on a shot from senior Mason Campbell, assisted by senior Austin Slusher.
Campbell talked about his team’s mentality after the game, saying “when we get an early advantage like that, I would say we get in the opposing team’s head more, because they think “well it’s over,” and that’s when we just add on and keep going.”
An early advantage was not enough for Northwest, as they added another goal 6:25 into the game, with Webb scoring again on an assist from Throckmorton.
Webb wasn’t done there, as he scored again before the game had even lasted ten minutes on another assist from Throckmorton.
The two teams hadn’t even played a quarter of the match, and Webb already had a hattrick to go along with a 4-0 lead for his Mohawks.
“It really helps the confidence when our guys get up early,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. “I think with our guys and the way we play, we need to get up early and put teams away, and we did today.”
The offensive explosion continued in the first half, as Throckmorton got in on the action with an assist from senior Austin Speer. With 25:06 left in the first half, Northwest had a 5-0 lead.
Speer then got a goal of his own on an assist from Throckmorton, nearly ten minutes after Speer assisted in Throckmorton’s goal.
The Mohawks added another score before halftime, when Campbell scored on an assist from Webb to give Northwest a 7-0 lead with 8:32 left in the first half.
At halftime, Northwest held a commanding 7-0 lead.
From there, the Mohawks were able to get some of the starters some rest and play some of the junior varsity team for most of the second half.
Their offense wasn’t done yet, though. Campbell became the second player on the team to record a hattrick, as he scored on an assist from Slusher to give Northwest an 8-0 lead.
Northwest scored their final goal of the game with 31:26 left to play in the second half, when Harald Rundquist scored an unassisted goal to make the score 9-0.
Valley was able to get on the board with 20:52 left in the match, when Cayton Ruby scored for the Indians.
The offense certainly played well for Northwest, but Keeney was also happy with what his defense brought to the table in the match.
“Valley didn’t get too many opportunities, so I think our defense is coming along too,” Keeney said.
Just two days after Throckmorton scored six goals in a game against Clay, the Mohawks were able to find other weapons to distribute the ball to against Valley.
Five different players scored goals for Northwest, and two of those players (Webb and Campbell) recorded hattricks.
“It’s a good thing that we have depth,” Campbell said. “With Evan, they’re not going to let him dribble around and shoot every time. So, to have more than one guy that can step up and make shots, that’s a good asset to have on the team.”
Keeney agreed that having multiple goal scorers was a huge benefit for his team. “When we go in to SOC play and so forth, we can’t have guys marking certain guys because we got others that can do damage too, it’s huge really,” Keeney said.
Northwest is set to being conference play on Aug. 29 at home against Minford at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Valley will play Clay in Lucasville on the same day at 6 p.m.
Reach Benjamin Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT