With the wind at their backs, the Orioles soccer team came out with offensive pressure against El Dorado on Tuesday night at Hillier Stadium. The Augusta offense was relentless for the full 80 minutes. El Dorado started the game with a bend, but don't break defense and some terrific saves by their Goalkeeper Ryan Hus to keep the game scoreless for the first 20 minutes.
El Dorado advanced on a quick counter attack midway through the first half, and missed the by inches. Augusta then went back on the offensive and never looked back.
Anthony Orocio started the scoring party with a beautiful individual effort around three Wildcats to go one on one with the keeper, and found the back of the net on a nice low shot to the right side. Just a couple of minutes later Augusta's Senior Connor Davis flew past the Wildcat defense to put in another goal before half time to give Augusta a 2-0 halftime lead.
"We knew we had to do a better job of finishing, and I give a lot of credit to the goalkeeper of El Dorado, he made some great saves, and he put himself in angles that forced our guys to go wide or high, when we should have capitalized on several of our attempts,” said Augusta head coach Dusty Buell.
In the second half, the Orioles picked up right where they left off. Davis and Orocio scored two more quick goals. The Orioles were all over the set piece opportunities and finally landed a corner kick off the head of Cole Brown and past the keeper to bring the score to 5-0.
Payton Ball scored the Orioles’ sixth goal to tally his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
After Ball was fouled in the box, Augusta senior goalkeeper Braden Jergensen converted the penalty for the first goal of his career.
"I think we played well in spurts, but there is plenty for us to improve on. Overall I think our team defense was great, our possession is something that is improving, but we have to take advantage of every opportunity with our finishing around the goal… I am proud of everything they have accomplished thus far, but it is far from over."
The Orioles improve to 7-7 and will travel to Winfield on Thursday. Winfield stole a game from the Orioles at home earlier in the year by a score of 1-0.