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Trojans begin season 3-0

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—Different approach, same result.

The West Brunswick boys soccer team beat the North Brunswick Scorpions 6-0 Monday evening, the same score by which it beat them in the season opener.

This time, however, the Trojans used a different style of play in the first half. Rather than attacking, the Trojans worked on set plays, and the second team played nearly as much as the first team.

West led 2-0 at halftime but scored four goals in seven minutes at the start of the second half.

“My starting 11 went out as a unit for the first 15 minutes of the second half,” coach Tripp Smith said, “and they moved the ball around really well. The passing was pretty. I thought they did a wonderful job.”

John Mendoza scored West’s first goal on a sidewinding kick outside the box. Corey Bell had the assist.

The other goal of the half was by Ryan Faircloth. His shot bounced between two defenders near the goal and rolled into the net for the score.

Logan Tripp played all of the first half in goal and about 25 minutes of the second half before Josh Cortes took over. Tripp’s best save in the first half came with a few minutes left, as he stopped a free kick.

North Brunswick goalkeeper Mike Lewis made several point-blank saves in the first half, but he had no chance stopping the Trojans’ attack at the start of the second half.

Christian Iwankiu began the barrage eight minutes into the half. The Trojans moved the ball from the right side of the field to the left side, with Cortes’ pass setting up the goal.

Two minutes later, Chip Mendoza passed to Gilberto Gonzalez, who scored on a rush up the middle of the field.

John Mendoza scored the final two goals, each within two minutes. Jesse Mayo had the assist on the first goal—Mendoza bounced the ball off his chest before scoring—and Gonzalez had the assist on the second goal, which occurred 15 minutes into the half.

Three games into the season, Smith finally settled on his starting defensive backfield: Cortes at left back, junior Brendan Powell at center back, junior Chaz Earp at center back and junior Casey Leonard at right back. Smith said this backfield is the quickest of all the combinations he has used this season.

West (3-0) plays South Brunswick at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home. Below are summaries of the Trojans’ two other games.

West Brunswick 5

Cape Fear 3

WILSON—On Friday, the Trojans beat Cape Fear 5-3 in the Brittany Willis Memorial Scholarship Soccer Showcase at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.

Cape Fear, a Class 4-A team, scored in the first 10 minutes.

“They dominated the first 10 minutes,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “I’m still trying to figure out how five of the other shots didn’t go in.”

But West tied the score on a goal by Chip Mendoza, from an assist from John Mendoza, and the Trojans steadily took control for the rest of the half.

John Mendoza put the Trojans ahead 2-1 when he scored on a penalty kick. He scored two more goals to put West ahead 4-1 at the half.

After a goal by Cape Fear cut the lead to 4-2, Gilberto Gonzalez scored West’s final goal. Jesse Mayo had the assist.

John Mendoza was awarded a game ball for his sportsmanship.

Goalkeeper Logan Tripp “made some great saves,” Smith said. “He is a strong keeper.”

West Brunswick 6

North Brunswick 0

Playing well is all about teamwork for West Brunswick boy soccer coach Tripp Smith, and his Trojans looked well-organized in a 6-0 season-opening soccer victory Aug. 21 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

The Trojans’ first team dominated the Scorpions for most of the first half, and West took a 1-0 lead one minute into the game on a goal by Christian Iwankiu off a pass from junior Gilberto Gonzalez.

Ten minutes later the lead went to 2-0 on a goal by John Mendoza. His hard shot deflected off a North Brunswick player in the middle of the box.

Three minutes later Mendoza assisted on a goal by his brother, Chip. John Mendoza brought the ball up the right side of the field and crossed to the opposite side to Chip, who lined the ball into the upper right corner.

The final goal of the half came on a breakaway on the left side by Iwankiu. A pass by Caleb Reeves set up the goal.

The Trojan defense of Jack Donoghue, Corey Bell, Chaz Earp and Chandler Inions allowed few shots on goalkeeper Logan Tripp.

Smith played his non-starters for most of the second half, and North Brunswick had more scoring chances against them than they did against the first team.

“It’s all about organization,” Smith said. “The second team has to learn that. But they were more ready than any JV team we’ve ever had.”

Offensively, the Trojans kept up the pace. Six minutes into the half, the Trojans were awarded a penalty kick. John Mendoza’s shot hit the bottom of the right post. But Chip Mendoza corralled the rebound and scored.

The Trojans would have had at least two more goals were it not for some spectacular saves by goalkeeper Mike Lewis. West’s final goal came on a breakaway from the left by Aaron Frye. A pass from Reeves led to the breakaway.

Tripp was tested late in the game, making two saves in the final two minutes. On the second save, he came out of goal to stop the shot.

“I’m pleased with the result,” Smith said. “We had confidence against North. But we can still get a lot better.”

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.