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The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team improved to 4-0 in the conference by beating East Bladen 5-0 Sept. 19.
The Trojans (4-0 in the conference) scored four goals in the first half and played substitutes in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Junior Connor Johnston was the winning goalkeeper in West’s fourth straight shutout.
East Bladen played without its best player.
“Tonight we knew it wasn’t going to be a match because he wasn’t playing,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “We were all over them from the start. ”
Freshman Sam Zeng scored West’s first goal on a corner kick 1 minute, 28 seconds into the game. It was his first varsity goal.
Forty seconds later, Junior Baltazar scored on an assist from junior Luis Espinosa.
Espinosa scored at 10:58 on an assist from Jonathan Newhouse.
Andrew Pait scored midway through the half. Sophomore Chase Hill got the assist.
Senior Scottie Melvin scored the only goal of the second half off a Zeng corner kick 15 minutes in the half.
The victory came two nights after a 9-0 victory at West Bladen. The Trojans scored six goals in the first half, three by Melvin and two by Espinosa. Tristan Murphy also scored in the half.
In the second half, the Trojans scored three goals in the first 3:28, ending the game via the nine-goal mercy rule. Junior Baltazar, Newhouse and goalkeeper Connor Johnston (on a penalty kick) scored the goals. Newhouse, Melvin and Jay Craig had assists in the victory.