The Washington boy’s soccer squad struck seven unanswered goals on Monday to remain undefeated on the season, as the Jaguars topped the visiting Eagles of North Dorchester by a final score of 7-1. Kyle Simpkins led the way offensively for the Jaguars as the senior touched the back of the net three times and also assisted on the first half equalizing goal.
“I thought we played a good three fourths of a soccer game,” Matt Brady, Washington’s head coach said. “I thought we came out a little flat in the beginning and I give credit to North Dorchester they came out fired up and really played well early on to get the early goal. But I give my guys credit as well, they buckled down and calmed down a little bit, fought back and brought it to 3-1 at half.”
North Dorchester (1-3) got on the board first scoring just over 10 minutes into the contest on a free kick opportunity. The Eagles set up less than 25 yards from goal with Nathan Harding and Josh Harper standing over the ball. Harding ran past the spot and into the box unmarked before he received a pass from Harper. Harding took one touch and then sent the ball into the far post netting to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Washington (4-0) responded by scoring three times over the final 18 minutes of the half to take a commanding 3-1 lead into the break. Seniors Kyle Simpkins and Will Overholt paired together to create the first goal. From an unsettled situation in the midfield, Simpkins fed a ball to Overholt who was rushing towards the box, the pass drew out the Eagles keeper and Overholt was able to poke a strike past him and into the open cage.
A great individual play by senior Marcus Fountain would give the Jaguars the lead seven minutes later. After a Washington turnover in their offensive zone, Fountain tackled the ball away from an Eagles defender and took a shot from 20 yards. The ball floated towards the cage and the North Dorchester keeper got a hand to it but was ultimately unable to keep out.
Simpkins then increased the Jaguars margin to 3-1 with just over six minutes separating the sides from the halftime break. The senior striker received a pass in the middle of the box and took several touches to create some space before firing a shot to the right hand corner of the cage.
Washington continued to add to its lead in the second half, as Simpkins floated one over the keeper with his left foot to make it a 4-1 game 16 minutes after the break. Overholt then picked up his second of the contest, before Simpkins finished off his third hat trick in four games this year by scoring on a penalty kick with 18 minutes remaining. Senior Zach Muir would cap off the Jaguars offensive outburst, beating the keeper with a strike that went into the bottom right hand side of the cage.
All seven of Washington’s goals came off strikes from seniors, and Brady said the team will continue to rely heavily on those upperclassmen this year.
“The senior leadership this year has been high, obviously we are very senior heavy,” Brady said. “I’ve really kind of put it to the team as a whole, but put it on the seniors as a challenge. That their senior leadership will really be what takes us where we want to go, and they have really responded very well to it so far.”
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