Webster County boys soccer coach Heath McVay could not have asked for a better start to the season for his team on Monday night against Caldwell County.
Santos Portillo had a hat trick with three goals, and Webster dominated the visiting Tigers as the Trojans ended the game via mercy rule with 18 minutes to go in a 10-0 shutout win.
Webster improved to 4-1 all-time against Caldwell with the win, and Monday night also marked the fourth straight season the Trojans have won their home opener.
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The Trojans quickly got the ball rolling with a goal by Henry Portillo just four minutes into the game on a header. Santos Portillo then scored back-to-back goals to give Webster a 3-0 lead just 11 minutes in, and the Trojans went on to hold a commanding 7-0 advantage at the intermission. Webster then forced the mercy rule in the 62nd minute of a game that did not end until approximately 9:40 p.m. due to the girls' game before having several stoppages and breaks due to the brutal heat index.
McVay emphasized that his team would be balanced scoring-wise this season, and that was certainly on display against the Tigers. Eight different Trojans scored as Santos Portillo had the hat trick while Henry Portillo, Drew Jackson, Roberto Lara, Maddox Catlin, Marvin Francisco, Kade Howell, and David Velasco each tallied a goal.
Webster will continue its homestand with Ohio County on Saturday night before hosting three-time defending 2nd Region champion Hopkinsville in an epic showdown next Thursday. The Trojans do not have to play a road game until Aug. 27 at Paducah Tilghman.