Most soccer teams have one outstanding player that opponents have to mark, which makes it easier for defenses to defend.
That might not apply to any team scouting the Heath boys soccer team.
The Bulldogs scored early and often Tuesday in a 4-0 Division II sectional match against visiting Brookhaven — as all of Heath’s goals came in the first half, and four different players scored.
The Bulldogs (10-6-1) will host River Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday in a second-round game.
“We were moving the ball and hitting the open player, and we really did a good job of communicating,” junior Jordan Warner said. “It was probably the best first half we have played all season. We scored early and you could see them drop their heads.
“It’s always good to get up early, and we were able to come out strong and put some pressure on them,” he added.
Heath coach Julio Cancino said he was able to scout the Bearcats, who played at Newark last week, and it paid off.
“We we were able to see them and that helped us make some adjustments before the game,” Cancino said. “Our kids were ready to play and they did a great job of executing.
“Our strength is in the middle of the field, and all of our guys just did a great job.”
Ricardo Zarate got the Bulldogs on the board early, scoring on a penalty kick at the 37:02 mark of the first half.
Warner received a great pass in front of the goal from Tanner Hughes, and Warner knocked it in the left side of the net to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at the 29:18 mark.
Hughes got in on the scoring when he had a bending kick on the right side of the goal on a free kick with 24:27 left.
Three minutes later, Dylan Golden gave Heath a 4-0 lead on an assist from Zarate.
“We have a strong offense, and we are able to really push the ball,” Warner said. “We have a lot of guys that can score, and that makes us more dangerous than a team that only has one outstanding player.”
Heath freshman keeper Tyler Miracle made several outstanding saves to keep the Bearcats off the board. He finished with 18 stops.
“We gave him an opportunity and slowly worked him in as the season went along,” Cancino said. “He did a great job (Tuesday), and he just continues to get better and better.
“All of our guys have worked hard in the summer, and it’s paying off for them. This is a great group and I’m proud of how they have this season.”