To say the Northwest boys soccer team has a high-powered offense would be an understatement.
The Mohawks (4-0) got another conference win Thursday evening over the West Portsmouth Senators, 11-3. With the win, Northwest has now outscored their opponents by a margin of 33-6 so far this season.
Typically, high scoring teams rely on a player or two to score the majority of their goals. But for the Mohawks, things are a bit different according to their head coach Josh Keeney.
“We had 11 goals, and we had eight different guys score,” Keeney said about the win over West. “We’re really passing the ball around and getting a lot of guys involved which is huge for us.”
Northwest came in to the game after a big win over Minford on Tuesday. The Mohawks beat the Falcons 7-2, and entered the game on Thursday evening feeling good about themselves. “Coming off of a big win over Minford two nights ago, I thought the kids came in with a lot of confidence and I thought we played really well,” Keeney said.
The Mohawks put their foot on the gas early and were able to cruise through most of the game well ahead of West.
Austin Slusher got things going for Northwest with an unassisted goal with 32:54 left in the first half.
A little over two minutes later, the Mohawks struck again as Mason Campbell found Harald Rundquist at the 30:37 mark. Northwest was out in front 2-0 early, but the surge of scoring didn’t stop there.
West was able to keep the Mohawks off the board for nearly 10 minutes, but with 20:44 left before halftime Tyler Webb passed to Evan Throckmorton for a long score that put Northwest ahead 3-0.
Throckmorton scored again a minute later on a pass from Austin Speer, giving the Mohawks a 4-0 advantage.
The hot start was nothing uncharacteristic for Northwest, as the Mohawks have been taking advantage early in games all season.
“Once again, I think we came out quick and got off to an early lead, same thing we have the last four games actually,” Keeney said. “I thought we settled in a little bit after we got our third or fourth goal and started passing the ball around a little more.”
At the 16:35 mark in the first half, Throckmorton then found Webb for a goal of his own, and Northwest was up 5-0.
Webb talked after the game about how his team approaches the first half. “We always try to start off the game pushing hard,” Webb said. “If you score early, you don’t have to worry about it the rest of the game.”
Chase McClay sent another goal home with 15:06 left to play in the first half on an unassisted goal, pushing the Mohawks lead to 6-0.
Northwest wasn’t finished there, as Throckmorton found Speer for his first goal of the game. With that, the Mohawks now had a 7-0 cushion.
Throckmorton kept his smooth passing on display, hitting Campbell for another Northwest goal. Mohawks were in charge with an 8-0 lead with 4:16 before the break.
The Senators were able to end the shutout when Uriah Van Dyke put West on the scoreboard with 1:15 left in the first half. Northwest had things under control at this point with an 8-1 lead, which they took into halftime.
When the second half began, the Mohawks kept attacking. Throckmorton scored his third goal of the game at the 36:56 mark of the second half on an assist from Cody Mosley to give Northwest a 9-1 edge.
Throckmorton finished the game with three goals and three assists.
From there, the Mohawks would add two more goals. Patrick Redoutey scored an unassisted goal at 31:27 left in the game, and Hunter Berry added another unassisted goal with 28:56 left to play.
Suddenly, the scoreboard read 11-1 in favor of Northwest. But to West’s credit, they kept battling. The Senators got two goals from Maverick Stone, one at the 12:39 mark and the other with 10:35 left to play in the game to make the score a bit closer at 11-3.
West head coach Larry Goodwin noticed his team taking a different approach later in the game, resulting in the Senators’ goals.
“Instead of us just booting the ball down the field, we started getting more through balls that weren’t quite as hard so our strikers could get to them,” Goodwin said.
Although West came out on the losing end, Goodwin likes what his team brings to the table. “I saw a lot of promise,” Goodwin said. “We have a lot of young players on our team, and I think that we’re building for the future.”
While the Senators might be building for the future, the Mohawks are living for the present. The offensive dominance has been a big key to their success, and doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.
“We’re trying to get more people involved, just passing the ball around, playing the corners,” Keeney said about his philosophy on offense. “Doing everything a good soccer team does, and we’re scoring a lot of goals from it. So, hopefully we can continue going in to conference against Waverly next week.”
Northwest will travel to Waverly on Tuesday, and West will host Minford at home on the same day.
Reach Benjamin Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT