Chieftain soccer rolls by Turner at home
Another day, another win for the Tonganoxie High soccer team.
The Chieftains (5-1) capped off a perfect homestead Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Kaw Valley League opponent Turner. The win was the fifth straight for coach Brian Kroll's squad, including its second consecutive shutout.
"All the way around, we're doing what we want to do right now," Kroll said.
Less than two minutes into the first half, senior Zack Tallent crossed a ball to sophomore Asher Huseman in front of the goal. Huseman fired a shot past the goalkeeper to give the Chieftains an early 1-0 lead.
Spectators witnessed a rare event later in the half, when senior goalkeeper Keaton Truesdell recorded an assist from across the field. Truesdell punted a ball over the entire defense and found fellow senior Matt Saathoff for a goal, giving THS a 2-0 halftime lead.
Saathoff scored again four minutes into the second half to keep the momentum in the Chieftains' favor. Huseman found the net again later in the half — this time off an assist from senior Luke Faherty — and Saathoff capped off the night with his third goal of the game.
When it was all said and done, eight different THS players had combined for 28 shots on goal.
"That's absolutely a product of good soccer," Kroll said. "We're overlapping, we're releasing, we're filling voids. We're just playing really good soccer."
The hat trick was Saathoff's second in three games, as he also scored three times in last week's win over Atchison. The team captain now has 10 goals this season.
THS will continue KVL play Wednesday when it travels to Piper. The junior varsity will start things off at 4:30 p.m.