CLAYTON — Tri-West’s Jaret DeGolyer admitted he was “a little surprised” following the Bruins’ commanding win over Cascade Thursday night.
While the Tri-West boys’ soccer team downed Cascade 5-0, the large differential in score wasn’t what DeGolyer was surprised about. What did catch the sophomore midfielder off guard was the fact he put together his first hat trick, scoring one goal in the first half and two in the second.
“Our team’s been building up a lot and I guess somebody would get ( a hat trick) sooner or later,” DeGolyer said grinning. “It’s just a teamwork thing.”
Tri-West coach Jeff Denny agreed with DeGolyer citing several factors that played into the win, including good teamwork.
“We played the ball well and kept it wide,” Denny said. “We talked and had some open shots both on and off frame. I thought Lucas Brown and Nick Carlson possessed the middle pretty well. Aaron Sorgius returned and possessed the ball well also.”
Tri-West (6-4) started fast as DeGolyer scored 23 seconds into the contest, putting the ball in the left corner of the goal past Cascade goalkeeper Josh Masner. The Cadets’ sophomore keeper allowed five goals on the afternoon, but stopped 16 other Tri-West attempts and showed grit and determination throughout the contest.
“He had some incredible saves,” Cascade coach Logan Faulkner said. “A lot of the shots that came were because we hung him out to dry as our midfield did not come back.”
Kyle Kirby scored the Bruins’ second goal on an assist from Brown after rushing the goal in the box and jumping through the air to put the ball past Masner.
Cascade (5-3) trailed 2-0 at the half and had mounted very little offense with only one shot. Tri-West dominated the possession numbers while recording nine first half shots.
DeGolyer scored his second goal with 36:54 remaining in the second half. Brown made it 4-0 off of a penalty kick just over 10 minutes later. DeGolyer slid his third goal in with 24:26 left in the half to end the scoring on the afternoon.
Cascade rallied towards the end, putting pressure on the Bruins’ defense. The Cadets took four of their five shots after Tri-West’s last goal as freshman Brady Bell (2) and senior Hayden Suter (2) both tried to avoid the shutout.
Tri-West’s Lucas Rutherford, who replaced senior goalkeeper Matt Buckner in the second half, was up to the task and held the shutout.
“It was better than last year but not where we want to be,” Faulkner said. “It shows us that we still have some work to do.”