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BOYS PREP SOCCER: Jersey starts fast, short-games Staunton in opener 8-0
8/21/2018 7:39 AM

JERSEYVILLE — Jersey boys soccer coach Scott Burney wanted a quick start from his team in its season opener Monday against Staunton.

Jacob Liles obliged and the rest of the Panthers followed suit.

Liles scored the first goal of the season in the fourth minute and the Panthers went on to roll to an 8-0 mercy-rule shortened game at JCHS.

“I knew we would have speed this year and I wanted to see us use it,” Burney said. “Overall, I thought we did a nice job. We jumped out early and didn’t back off, which can happen sometimes if you lead early.”

The Panthers were looking to implement the IHSA mercy rule by halftime, but came up a goal short. But Tom Turpin scored in the first minute of the second half to extend the lead to 7-0, which is the goal differential needed for the mercy rule, which cuts the remaining time in half.

“We would never try to run the score up,” Burney said. “But we wanted to see how we looked using different combinations.”

Dark clouds and occasional sprinkles of rain threatened much of the game, but did not affect play.

Wyatt Freand scored three goals and added one assist for the Panthers, who outshot the Bulldogs 18-2.

“Wyatt Frend was really good for us today,” Burney said. “We got some really good minutes from our role players.

“(Freshman) Cody Miller played well and moved the ball around for us,” he said. “And Andrew Kribs played some good minutes, but no stats to show for his effort.”

After Liles opened the scoring, Freand’s first goal of the game made it 2-0 in the 14th minute. That goal was followed by goals from Sam Bartels in the 21st minute and Jonny Lorts in the 22nd minute to make it 4-0 midway through the first half.

“We knew (Staunton) had some good players and had speed up top,” Burney said. “I was happy with the way our defense played, not getting caught napping.”

The Panthers had a strong wind at their backs in the first half and Burney wanted his team to maintain the pressure in the second, the face of the wind, which had died down somewhat.

In the end, the wind didn’t matter as much as the Panthers’ ability to possess the ball.

“And for the most part, we kept our focus, even with the score,” he said. “Sometimes you can develop bad habits with a bug lead, but that didn’t happen.”

Zachary Schaefer scored in the 31st minute to make it 5-0 and Freand added another goal in the 33rd minute to make it 6-0 at halftime.

In the second half, which last only 21 minutes, the Panthers got goals from Turpin and Freand to cap the scoring.

“We really liked with our pace of play,” Burney said, “and we made some good decisions to start a few runs.”

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