Boys Soccer: Red Wing explodes for 14 goals in rout of Lake City
LAKE CITY – After scoring four goals to open the season, the Red Wing boys soccer team put only one shot in the net in its second game despite several chances to capitalize further.
Saturday’s contest at Lake City was unlike either one of those games.
The Wingers, behind five goals from Teagan Olin, and four from Jacob Zebro, steamrolled the Tigers, 14-2, on a hot, sunny day at Bill Kieffer Field.
“The biggest thing for us, is we have a couple of big games coming up, conference games coming up, with Shakopee on Thursday,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “We had a tough time last year scoring goals in big games. We want to keep our momentum going, which is why we just kept going and going and going the whole game. That was the biggest part, to see the momentum we didn’t have last year.”
That momentum had some fits and starts early as the Wingers were called for several close offsides calls. But when given the chance to strike first, Red Wing took full advantage when Dylan Goggin’s corner kick was headed in by Kaden Erie 9 minutes, 45 seconds into the game.
And from there, it was all Wingers.
Ten minutes later, Teagan Olin scored the first of his handful of goals, followed at the 11:36 mark by Zebro’s first tally. The Tigers answered just 47 seconds later on a Nick Sievers blast, but the Wingers would add one more goal, from Zebro, to take a 4-1 lead at the half.
Olin and Zebro would then step aside for a few minutes as Goggin got in on the scoring act, netting two goals in the first 2:17 of the second half, followed by another Olin goal all of 13 seconds later. The game had been broken wide open, and the gap was about to become a canyon.
Zebro and Olin added one more each before Lake City’s Jonah Kroll could answer. Then Zebro closed his scoring book before Zach Rademacher opened his for the final two goals of the game.
The ability to finish rushes and headers was something Quigley focused on since Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Winona Cotter.
“We worked on (finishing) in practice yesterday, and a lot of it worked today,” Zebro said.
And if more than a dozen goals in one game aren’t proof that the players were listening, the hunger for more should underscore their thoughts.
“Really?” Olin asked after being told he scored five goals. “That’s something. I wish I scored one more. I had one open shot, right there.” Olin pointed at the left corner of the goal box, shaking his head at his near miss at the elusive double hat trick.
“We’ve been really working hard,” Olin continued. “In August, we really worked on our passing, and I think the Winona Cotter game really woke us up to start working as a team and playing a lot better than we did.”
The Wingers (3-0) will head to Shakopee for a 7 p.m. tilt Thursday while the Tigers (0-6) will travel south to face Rochester Lourdes at 7 p.m. Tuesday.