Offense has been the new mantra around the Webster County boys’ soccer team the past few weeks. It seems to be catching on.
The Trojans posted an all-important road win Thursday, traveling to Fort Campbell to get a 7-0 victory.
“We really controlled the game in the second half,” said WCHS head coach Robert Daugherty. “At halftime, the score was 1-0 and I noticed we were not playing to our potential. My staff and I had to motivate this team because we were just going through the motions. Which was kind of expected because we played very well against Murray. After motivating the team at halftime, we played much better, taking care of the ball and finishing.”
Webster got off 25 shots on goal in the match, the second most on the season behind the 26 they put together against Lyon County on Aug. 21.
Evan DeLamar continued his torrid pace in the offensive field with four goals against the Eagles.
Rocky Juan found the net for two goals, and Cade Howell added one to the WCHS effort.
Juan led his team in assists with a pair, while DeLamar, Howell, and Sebastian DOrazi each tallied one.
Defensively, Jesus Martinez played another complete game in the net for the Trojans, posting his second shutout of the campaign.
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Webster’s defense kept the Eagles out of the offensive zone for most of the match, allowing just three shots on goal.
Even though the Trojans are putting together solid outings on both sides of the midfield, Daugherty believes his team has more in them.
“There are still some things like finishing we need to work on,” he said. “There were four to five attempts on goal that were straight to the keeper.”
Daugherty is planning to throw wrinkles into the way he prepares his squad for matches, and the way he manages the games themselves.
“I think this team has really come together, and we’re getting better at the right time, I think,” he said. “They are still not where I want them yet, but the last half of the season, I’m really going to test them in games and practices.”
Daugherty is also hosting his team for meals at his house, and taking players to scout future opponents to help build the cohesiveness they will need once October and postseason arrives. He is seeing that pay off in the way his team feeds off each other on the field.
“Our vocal leaders, like Jaxen Miller and Rodrigo Jimenez, keep everyone in line,” he explained. “We help and hold each other accountable, which is good for this team.”
The Trojans were scheduled to play the first round of the Class 2A Sectional at Calloway County High School Tuesday after press time. The tournament continues Thursday and Saturday.