Eight different players found the back of the net for the top-ranked West High boys soccer team Wednesday in a 14-2 rout of North Scott in a Class 3A substate semifinal at West High.
“We definitely got a lot of goals,” said senior Paris Martins, who led West with four goals. “We are getting better at finishing in front of the goal.
“It was nice seeing everyone on the team score, and some people getting more than one.”
The Trojans (16-1) advance to the substate finals Saturday. They host Pleasant Valley (11-7) at noon at West High with a spot in the state tournament on the line.
West beat Pleasant Valley 5-0 on April 27. The defending state champions have won 16 straight after dropping the season opener.
“We’re going to talk Friday about what we have to do,” Martins said. “We’ll come out, work our butts off like we always do.”
West also did something Wednesday they have never done under coach Brad Stiles. The Trojans scored off the kickoff late in the first half after the Lancers had first gotten on the scoreboard.
“It’s the first time our kickoff play has ever worked,” junior Garrett Grimsman said. “That’s pretty good.”
North Scott (7-11) sophomore Alex Birely got free inside the box, spun and hit in a goal with 12:31 to play before halftime to cut the West lead to 3-1.
But just 13 seconds later, West was up by three goals again, on a 20-yard boot by Grimsman off the kickoff. Justin Baker set it up with one of his four assists.
“As many times as we’ve tried in all my years,” Stiles said. “That’s one time out of 11, 12 years. … We’ve rattled the bar a couple times; I know we’ve missed a few wide.”
The Trojans didn’t stop there, getting three more goals in the final 11 minutes before halftime.
Baker drew the goalie out and sent a one-timer to Martins, who finished it off to make it 5-1.
Then Martins bounced a shot off the goalie that Baker cleaned up for his first goal.
With 1:21 left, Baker again fed Martins, who banged a shot off the top bar and into the goal to make it 7-1 at halftime.
Martins also opened the scoring for West High just 2 minutes and 22 seconds into the game. Grimsman provided the assist on the breakaway.
“We’ve been working hard at (scoring),” Martins said. “We got the results that we wanted.”
“We finished a couple chances early, which took the edge off,” Stiles said. “Which was good.”
West got another Martins goal off a pass from Baker that made it 2-0. Jason Guymon took a feed from Antonio Sanchez after a long pass into the zone by Mueng Sunday and then beat the defense and goalkeeper to make it 3-0 with 21:28 to halftime.
After halftime, Dwight Bode hit a hard shot off the right bar that Wadood Daoud cleaned up for a goal to make it 8-1.
Then 21 seconds later, Sunday stole the ball off the kickoff, dribbled up field and nailed a shot to make it 9-1 with 34:11 left to play.
West High, with about 30 minutes left, subbed out all of its starters. But the reserves wanted to score, too.
“We have a deep bench,” Stiles said.
Omar El Ramady broke lose in the Lancer defense to make it 10-1.
Five minutes later, El Ramady drilled a shot from the top of the goalie box off a pass from Nathan Schuchert to make it 11-1.
With 12 minutes left, Dwight Bode fed it inside to Jason Guymon, who knocked it in with a kinda-sorta bicycle kick to make it 12-1.
The Lancers converted on a corner kick, with Andrew Larsen heading it in to make it 12-2.
It was the first time all season any team had scored more than one goal in a game against the West defense.
“We had a few mishaps on corner kicks and allowed some goals that we didn’t need to,” Stiles said. “But I think we have time to get it fixed.”
The Trojans weren’t done offensively.
Ryan O’Deen drilled a shot from about 20 yards out on a pass from Schuchert to make it 13-2.
Then, with just four seconds to play, O’Deen collected a second goal when he got loose down the left side of the defense.
“Everyone got a chance,” Grimsman said. “We were finding those through balls.”