Chandler (Ariz.) senior Don Tchilao had never scored more than four goals in a soccer game at any level at any age, until he scored six in the first 20 minutes of Wednesday’s 15-0 Division I victory at Gilbert Mesquite.
“We were not trying to embarrass the opponent whatsoever,” coach Sasha Hunter said. “Being a soccer player, I thought about his individual stats and I knew that he just broke a record for Chandler High and with a few more he would probably break the record for most goals in one game for Arizona.”
So Hunter, who played at Tempe Corona del Sol in the 1990s when state records were around, left him in.
Three goals later, Tchilao finished with nine goals, which is believed to be a single-game state record.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association doesn’t keep track of individual state soccer records. Soccer became an AIA-sanctioned sport in the 1980s.
Mesquite finished 1-13.
“We were a little overconfident coming into the game,” Tchilao said. “Before the game, Coach told us we have to approach it like every opponent. I got it in my head I was going to play my heart out. Right off the bat, we played hard.”
Sophomore Elton Loza had five assists. Tchilao’s scoring burst overshadowed freshman Daniel Corona’s three goals.
Tchilao, who will sign with Oregon State on Wednesday, is a 4.0 student, who didn’t go around boasting about his accomplishment the next day at school. But Hunter made sure Hunter’s accomplishment was part of the school announcements on the public address.
“He is very soft-spoken and humble about his play,” Hunter said. “He is a class act player and all the coaching staff and his teammates love him.”
Tchilao leads the 13-1-3 Wolves with 22 goals. This is the best record in Chandler history.
“He is trying to make more history with winning a state championship for the first time, as well,” Hunter said.