Westy offense breaks out against Thornton

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/3/19

The Wolves soccer team broke out for five first-half goals en-route to their 7-0 victory over Thornton Sept. 26. Clinching their second match in a row, Westy took care of their home-field advantage …

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Westy offense breaks out against Thornton

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The Wolves soccer team broke out for five first-half goals en-route to their 7-0 victory over Thornton Sept. 26. Clinching their second match in a row, Westy took care of their home-field advantage against a conference foe.

“I think the big thing was when we are going forward, we are pretty dangerous,” Westminster coach Bryan Little said of his attackers postgame. “They are fast, fun to watch and I think the biggest thing was that we won the ball at midfield.”

Finding the score sheet in the opening frame, Elmer Valdez (4th minute), Emerson Robles (6th), Ethan Duncan (10th), Bryant Rodriguez (35th) and Chimua Lor (37th) spaced out the Westy lead to a comfortable one heading to intermission. What was working? Agility, quickness and passing ability in the open field proved too much for a Thornton team playing on a thicker, real grass that they aren’t used to

It’s a huge difference,” Little said of playing on real grass instead of artificial turf. “It’s a huge benefit for us; we practice on the same grass. Our passing is good on this grass. The passes that hold up on this grass here don’t hold up on the (artificial) turf. Last year we were unbeaten here (at home), and this year, we lost a couple of games at home, but we really look to take advantage of this grass.”

Putting loads of stress and working the Thornton defense all evening, Westy tallied two more scores in the second half on 12 shots. The recipients — Robles (60th) and Rodriguez (75th) — their second of the affair.

Despite the loss, Trojans’ Hector Morales supplied a solid offensive punch for the road team with two of the three shots on net in the second half. Defensively, Billal Osman, Jose Maldenado and Saul Bejarano competed at a high level, but it was just Westy’s night.

“The guys need to work harder off the ball when you don’t have it,” Little said of takeaways of the game. “As soon as you do, you guys know what you can do going forward.”

The Wolves were set to travel to Prairie View Oct. 1 while Thornton hosts Gateway on the same day.

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