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West Brunswick scored two goals in the first seven minutes and went on to beat South Brunswick 9-3 in a non-conference soccer game Aug. 27 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.
“How about those first 10 minutes?” said West coach Tripp Smith.
The next 70 minutes were special, too, as the Trojans improved to 9-3.
West’s defense gave up two goals in the final 10 minutes, but the new unit continues to improve.
“Some of those guys have never played defense,” Smith said. “If we can get those four and goalkeeper Logan Tripp playing as a unit, I think we’re going to be in great shape. If we don’t learn how to defend, it will wind up affecting us.”
Four minutes into the game, junior Jesse Mayo set up the first goal, scored by junior Gilberto Gonzalez.
Three minutes later, Chip Mendoza scored off a rebound of a shot by brother John.
South Brunswick cut the lead to 2-1 about with about 20 minutes left in the half when senior Dylan Edwards scored.
But that would be as close as the Cougars would get. The final goal of the half was scored Chip Mendoza, and it was set up by John Mendoza. He carried the ball deep to the left side of the net and, from a severe angle, he passed the ball to John in the box. His goal put West ahead 3-1 with about six minutes left in the half.
In the second half, the Trojans scored five goals in the first 18 minutes.
Senior Chadler Inions scored the first goal, off a pass from John Mendoza. Three minutes later, Joshua Cortes’ corner kick led to goal. Inions and Chip Mendoza were near the ball, and Chip Mendoza got credit for the goal.
The lead went to 6-1 when Chip Mendoza scored on a breakaway. Jacob Reeves had he assist.
Three minutes later, John Mendoza scored, and that goal put the Trojans ahead 8-1 with about 22 minutes left.
South junior Tyler Evans scored with 10 minutes left.
West’ final goal was scored by junior Taylor Burke. Sophomore Jack Donoghue had the assist. Evans scored the final goal.
South won the JV game 4-3.
For South, Dylan Stone, John Wiley and Zack Von Voigt scored. Stephen Seeber had two assists and Patrick Evans and Von Voigt one.
For West, Luis Aguilar scored two goals and Erik Ramirez one. Assists were by Roberto Valerio, Jacob Ferguson and Nick Carozza. Josh Upchurch had five saves.
WEST BRUNSWICK 2
EAST BLADEN 0
West Brunswick’s soccer team had its most significant victory of the season Aug. 28 when it shut out East Bladen 2-0.
East Bladen is ranked No. 4 in Class 1-A. West Brunswick improved to 5-0.
John Mendoza scored both goals, the first on a throw-in from Corey Bell about 15 minutes into the game. Mendoza controlled the ball from the top of the key and blasted a shot so hard into the upper right of the net it ricocheted to the left side.
Mendoza’s second goal, about 10 minutes later, was unassisted.
“He created that on his own, Smith said. “Both were beautiful goals. He’s doing things I’ve seen a high school soccer player do.”
The game also was a successful test of the Trojans’ new defensive backfield.
“The whole team played well,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “What I was most impressed with was the defense. We stayed organized last night.”
The defense played so well goalkeeper Logan Tripp had to make just six saves.
“They were hammering shots from all over the place,” Smith said. “We pretty much controlled the game.”
The game, Smith said, “was a street fight.” East Bladen was issued two red cards and four yellow cards, he said.
“It was a rough night,” Smith said.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.