LIMA — Allen East comes into the season as a young squad, starting four freshmen, however, the Mustangs played like veterans against Lima Senior, also a young team, by posting a 13-0 victory against the Spartans at Spartan Stadium on Friday night.
Four different Mustangs had multiple goals in the game. Senior Julia Meyer recorded four goals and freshman Nikki Thaxton notched the hat trick. Senior Tori Newland added two goals and senior Olivia Silone also punched in a pair. Senior Shelbi Diermyer and freshman Madeline Myers contributed by each scoring a goal.
“We are just a young team, and we were trying to pass the ball and work it around, and it worked out well for us today,” Allen East head coach Steve Roeder said. “We had a lot of girls touch the ball and taking shots and things like that.”
Allen East improves to 2-0, and Lima Senior falls to 1-2.
“We are 1-2 and not the best start for the season but we are a young, inexperienced team,” Spartan head coach Andrew Kane said. “Today we started something different, and we knew today was going to be a tough battle, and we are trying a couple of new things out.”
Kane admitted that they are still trying to find out who is going to be the team’s starters and who can play what position that will best help the team win.
The Mustangs had 25 shots on goal for the game.
Lima Senior never got into any type of offensive rhythm and did not record a shot on goal until the final two minutes of the game but even then the shot was off the mark.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime and had nine more goals in the second half.
From the opening whistle, the Mustangs were on the offensive attack and Allen East garnered its first goal of the night when Silone made a nifty cross to Meyer who slipped it in past Spartan goalie A.J. Bullock at the 12:12 mark.
Thaxton got the Mustangs’ second goal when she went top shelf from about 20 yards out to get the ball over Bullock’s outstretched hands for goal number two.
Newland garnered her second score of the night when she split two defenders and then sliced one into the back of the net and Allen East’s fourth goal of the half.
Any chance of Lima Senior making a comeback was quickly quashed when Allen East scored two goals within 30 seconds four minutes into the second half. Silone scored on a penalty kick and that was followed by Newland’s third goal of the game on a breakaway 23 seconds later.
Four more goals would follow in the final 20 minutes of the contest.
“I think they are starting to gel,” Roeder said. “It is only the second game of the season, and it is still early, and this was good for them.”
Even though it was a convincing win, Roeder said there is still room for improvement.
“We need to play our positions a little better and attacking the ball a little bit more and being more aggressive,” Roeder said. “It is a growing process for us and hopefully they get better each game.”
If the loss was not bad enough, Bullock had to be removed from the game after the second goal in the second half due to an ankle injury. Kane said she would be getting an MRI to assess the damage.