The Mulvane Wildcats beat the El Dorado boy’s soccer team 8-0 on Tuesday night at BG Products Veteran Sports Complex, but the final score was not indicative of the match that was played.
“We have to have better communication,” El Dorado head coach Lance Fuller said.
El Dorado (0-1) found themselves down early 1-0 only two minutes into the contest when a turnover in the defensive third saw Noah Maas strike one into the back of the net.
Maas would get his second in the 30th minute, putting Mulvane up 2-0 at halftime.
An own goal, credited to Maas, giving Mulvane a 3-0 advantage. That’s when it appeared the back had been broken for El Dorado.
“I think it comes down to stamina,” Fuller said. “We have to get more people out here.”
El Dorado was almost outnumbered 2-to-1 in roster size. This provided Mulvane with more ability to rest their starters, giving them the fresher legs in the last third of the match.
The floodgates had been opened and Mulvane started to pour in goals after that. Maas scored his fourth goal minutes later, making it 4-0.
It wasn’t until the 63rd minute where El Dorado finally registered a shot on goal. The inability to possess the ball into the attacking third limits opportunities.
Mulvane would try to run the score up towards the end, playing chanting for two more goals, the mercy rule limit of 10-0, El Dorado never quit. After getting Mulvane Wildcat forward had maneuvered around the keeper, senior defender Kaleb Ash had made up ground quickly and thwarted what should have been an easy open goal.
The real bright spot for El Dorado was senior goalkeeper Ryan Hus. Despite the score Hus was a monster in net. In soccer, you’re often only as good as your backline. The turnovers and odd-man breaks that left Hus in 1v1 situations, often isn’t his fault. Hus made the best of the situation. He stopped 19 shots, including some spectacular diving saves.
“Hus did the best with what he had,” Fuller said. “We’re glad he’s in net for us,”
El Dorado will go to Augusta on Thursday, Aug. 5 and try to end their 16-game losing streak. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Halftime: Mulvane 2-0. Mulvane: Haas (6), Boster (1), Canup (1) Shots: Mulvane 37; El Dorado 0. Saves: Mulvane: Velotta 0; El Dorado: Hus 19.