The Andover Central soccer team overcame a slow start to beat Winfield 6-0 on Thursday night. Despite finishing the match with 22 shots on goal, the Jaguars were unable to get on the board until the 40th minute. With 15 seconds left in the first half, Jadyn Vossen got through the final line of defense, and placed the ball in the lower right corner of the net to give Central the lead. Central had won the possession battle in the first half, and had plenty of chances to score but were unable to capitalize.
In the second half, the Jaguars opened up a big lead. Vossen added two more goals to complete a hat trick. Leyton Harper, Max Wurth, and Caden Spooner each added one goal as the Jaguars dominated the second half.
Andover Central goalkeeper Davis Joseph was only tested once all game, as the Vikings finished with two shots, one of which was on goal.
The Jaguars improved to 5-0-1 on the season. Central’s only draw of the season took place at Buhler on Aug. 30, as neither team was able to score after two overtimes.
The Jaguar defense has not conceded a goal since Aug. 28 at Wichita Trinity.
Central senior caption Davis Joseph has been pleased with the performance of the young defense this season.
“Our goals against average is .5 and we’ve gone the last 3 games with shutouts,” explained Joseph.
Joseph was a first team all-state selection in class 4-1A last season, and has been the anchor of the defense this season.
“Our team has always stayed in the fight no matter if we are losing or winning,” added senior caption Max Wurth.
“Our defense has some young and inexperienced talent, but Davis (Joseph) has done well, and so have the older leaders. Our counter attack is deadly, and we’re going to find goals and get many chances every game.”
Andover Central will take on Maize on Tuesday, Sept. 18, before traveling to McPherson on Thursday. McPherson finished third at state last season, while Andover Central finished second.