By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
For the first time in a long time, the Somerset Briar Jumpers creeped above the .500 mark on Tuesday evening at Clara Morrow Field with an impressive, 10-2 beatdown over visiting Monticello.
However, the blowout win over the Trojans doesn’t exactly mean that head coach Steve Wallace is satisfied with where his team is currently at, with less than a week to go before post season play kicks off next week.
To the contrary, the Briar Jumpers head coach knows his young club still has some work to do — and quickly.
“Two minutes in, we got scored on tonight,” Wallace lamented. “We were just asleep defensively, and let the ball go through — we let them get behind us and you just can’t let that happen.”
Indeed, the Trojans with only a 2-11-3 record coming into Tuesday’s clash, took a quick, 1-0 lead over Somerset thanks to a goal by Josh Ronquillo.
However, that lead would be short-lived — very short-lived.
Austin Hill scored three of his five goals of the night in the opening half of play, while Mostafa El-Kalliny added two scores and Reza Katanbaf added another tally, as the Jumpers erased that early deficit and went in at the intermission with a 6-1 lead over the visiting Trojans.
“After about the first 20 minutes of the game where we didn’t really play all that well, we began to play some decent soccer,” pointed out Wallace after his club’s victory.
“We relaxed, everybody was moving and everybody was making good runs,” continued the SHS coach. “We just started doing the things that we practice and work on every single day. When you open up space for each other, and you make nice passes and make the right decisions, it makes the game a lot easier.”
Hill continued his big night with two goals early in the second frame, giving him five scores on the night, but more importantly giving Somerset a commanding, 8-1 lead over the out-manned Trojans.
After Monticello’s Juan Castro’s goal cut the Jumper lead to 8-2, Somerset closed it out with goals from Carlos Canella and another score by Katanbaf, to finish the game off with the 10-2 win.
“This is a good win — we showed up and played,” noted Wallace. “We’ve got another one on Thursday, and then we get ready for the district.”
The Jumpers will return to action tonight and will be the second game of a girl-boy doubleheader.
In tonight’s first contest at 6 p.m., the Lady Jumpers will play host to Madison Central, while the Somerset boys will host Berea at 7:30 p.m. at Clara Morrow Field.