By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Somerset came into Tuesday evening’s match-up with South Laurel looking to outrun them for a win.
That is exactly what the homestanding Briar Jumpers did, as they ran past the visiting Cardinals for an 8-1 victory at Clara Morrow Field.
Veteran Somerset soccer coach Steve Wallace was glad to see the game plan executed as well as it was in the seven-goal victory over South Laurel.
“We played extremely fast, and that’s how we want to play,” began Wallace. “We played hard and were clicking tonight. We have got to play like this every night, because right now we are on one night and then off the next night -- it’s got to be every night. That fast pace is the way we want to play though.”
Wallace made some changes to his line-up, changing the formation to a 4-3-3, his bread and butter.
“I made some changes to my organization, going back to the old Steve Wallace 4-3-3,” explained the SHS coach. “I don’t know why I ever get away from it, because I always go back to it anyways. We had a lot of different kids score tonight -- we’re a very unselfish team. A lot of kids could have scored, but they chose to play the ball to someone else and let them score.”
The Jumpers were unselfish indeed, as six different players scored in Somerset’s second victory of the year.
Somerset struck first in the match, scoring a goal in the 14th minute off a goal from junior Nick Henry. The early goal put the Jumpers ahead, 1-0.
Wallace and company would get a pair of goals before the first half ended to grab a 3-0 advantage over the Cardinals. Junior Marcus Arnsten and senior Austin Hill, who both had two goals in the game, each scored their first goal of the night in the closing minutes of the first half.
In the 50 minute of the match, sophomore Jake Pierce put Somerset out front 4-0 over South Laurel. With 27:33 left to play in the contest, Hill tallied his second goal of the evening to widen the gap to five goals at 5-0.
Christian Mauney, a junior, tallied Somerset’s sixth goal of the evening with 16:48 left in the match. Mauney’s goal gave the Jumpers a six-goal lead.
South Laurel’s lone goal of the night came with just 16 minutes left to play, as a Cardinal player had a goal sneak over the head of the goalkeeper to lessen the Jumper lead to five goals at 6-1.
In the final ten minutes of soccer action, Arnsten and junior Kevenn Huerman each had a goal to put the ‘Purple and Gold’ ahead by seven goals at 8-1, which would be the final score.
Somerset, who moved to 2-1-2 with the victory, is set to return to action tonight at home against Frankfort. This evening’s match is set to get underway at 6 p.m. at Clara Morrow Field.
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