Varsity blanks JV 6-0 in scrimmage
On a muggy Thursday night, the Tonganoxie varsity soccer team had trouble with its junior varsity counterparts in the first half of the Red/White scrimmage.
When the second half started, though, the varsity cut through the humidity and the junior varsity defense in a 6-0 win.
Senior forward Kevin Colon scored the varsity's lone goal late in the first half, then the older team added five goals in the second half for the scrimmage win.
Freshman forward/midfielder Chris Colon scored the first of three goals in the 13th minute of the second half on a scramble in front of the net. Two minutes later, he scored from the right side on a slide kick that increased the lead to three. Sophomore forward Derek Sparks had an assist from the middle on the goal.
The scoring continued with Sparks scoring from straight ahead in the 22nd minute.
Chris Colon scored his final goal on a breakaway that left him one-on-one with the goalie. He scored the goal in the 25th minute, and the varsity led 5-0. The younger Colon is the only freshman on the varsity team.
The first-team Chieftains finished the scoring spree with senior midfielder Patrick Weyer's goal from the right side in the 37th minute.
Although the varsity started slow, Chieftain coach Harold Pittman liked the performances Thursday night.
"I am pleased," Pittman said after the scrimmage. "In the first half, we were getting to know what the game field was like again."
The Chieftains will get familiar with the field again Thursday when Free State comes to Chieftain Park.
Junior varsity kicks off at 4:30 p.m.; varsity plays at 6 p.m. against a Firebird team that Pittman said would be tough to contain.
"They're going to be good," Pittman said. "They have skill and speed up front. Our primary concern will be defense this week."