2A boys' soccer: ALA overpowers Intermountain Christian
Spanish Fork • American Leadership Academy has relied on the scoring firepower of Cobi Warren, Brannon Tulley and Levi Lopez to help the Eagles earn a playoff spot.
But Intermountain Christian found out ALA has plenty of other options during Wednesday's Class 2A boys' soccer playoff opener.
A team doesn't average more than five goals per game without multiple weapons.
ALA had six players score as the Eagles made quick work of Intermountain Christian by a score of 9-0.
"Having those three guys is good because it puts the focus on them and it opens it up for everyone else," ALA coach Steve Solen said. "We have a lot of guys who can score. Zach LaGaisee is a defender and he has six or seven goals on the year, and we've got guys on the wings who can score. We have nine or 10 guys who have scored multiple goals this year."
Warren got ALA going before many of the fans had a chance to find a seat. No worries there would be plenty more highlights for ALA.
Gonzelez then scored the first of his three goals, and the lead ballooned to 6-0 within a matter of five minutes.
Tulley found the net and Gonzalez came back for seconds. Zach LaGaisse got on the board. The scoring continued with another goal from Tulley and more from Gonzalez. The Eagles wrapped up the first half with Tulley's third goal of the game and one from Levi Lopez.
It was hard not to feel some sympathy for an outmatched Lions team, which had just one bench player. The first part of the second half amounted to nothing more than a game of keep-away as ALA did not attempt to attack and the game was called early because ALA led by eight goals or more after 10 minutes.
ALA is now 10-1 and expects a much tougher contest when it hosts Gunnison on Saturday.
"They know if they keep working hard that they can go all the way," Solen said.