Prep boys' soccer: Wasatch still undefeated after beating Judge 4-0
When searching for a motto for their season, the Wasatch Wasps took a peek west over the mountains at that pro team in Sandy. Yes, the Wasps have adopted the expression that the team is the star, that no player in particular stands out above the lot, just like Real Salt Lake.
The Wasps once again have the look of the best team in 3A soccer, improving to 13-0 Wednesday following their 4-0 victory over Region 10 rival Judge Memorial at McCarthey Stadium.
"We all know our roles, and I think that saying really applies to us," said senior forward Ben Powell, who scored two goals, upping his total to 20 on the season. "It's as simple as that."
The Wasatch team captain knows what he's talking about.
The Wasps are rolling. They've eclipsed the 60-goal mark in 13 matches and have allowed just nine. Senior goalkeeper Cody Cowley picked up his sixth shutout of the season.
"We're having a lot of fun," said Wasatch coach Dawain Wheatley.
The Wasps pinged the ball around the turf Wednesday with ease. Powell scored his first of two goals in the 26th minute when he dispossessed a Judge defender on the left side of the field and whipped a curling right-footed shot from outside the box past the outstretched arms of the Bulldog keeper.
Two minutes later, junior Isaac Smedley one-upped his team captain. The midfielder trapped a ball with his chest and whipped his body around, sending a left-footed volley from 25 yards out into the side netting to give Wasatch a 2-0 lead.
Typically a program based on physicality and hustle, the Wasps have become a possession-based team this season, and as Wheatley explained, it all starts with the quick transition from the midfield to the attackers flying toward goal.
"Those two first goals are just a product of getting it out of the middle," he said.
In the 71st minute, senior Alex Espinoza was finally able to bury a shot after missing a few golden opportunities earlier in the game, dancing around a defender and the goalie to give his team a 3-0 lead. Five minutes later, Powell slotted a shot to the far post for his second of the day.
While they're firing on all cylinders once again, the Wasps know they have to be cautious moving forward.
"We try not to get too cocky or anything, and I think that's going to be really important going into each game," Powell said. "Like our coaches always say, 'We're Wasatch and teams are going to play harder against us.' "
Storylines Wasatch 4,Judge Memorial 0
R Wasatch team captain Ben Powell scores twice, and senior goalkeeper Cody Cowley notches his sixth shutout of the season.