Perry’s boys soccer team seemed to have found their footing. After losing their past two games, both by lone goals, the Bluejays (3-2) have posted back-to-back shutout wins.
In their latest contest on April 19, at Perry, the Bluejays handed the winless Boone Toreadors (0-4) their worse loss of the year, at 10-0.
The Bluejays opened up the first half of the the game with five goals. Their barrage of goals seeped into the second period when they added another five goals in the first 12 and a half minutes.
“We played everyone off of our bench that was eligible to play,” head coach Gary Overla said.
Six different Bluejays accounted for the 10 goals with two players recording multiple scores and another four adding a goal each.
“Sophomore Tomas Lopez had a breakout performance with four goals,” Overla said. “Freshman Mario Saldana had two, Seniors Bryan Catalan, German Alvarenga, and Mikey Velasco each had one while Junior Mario Cruz put in the game ender.”
Both Anthony Aragon and Mike Eschevaria shared goaltending duties, with Aragon playing 70 minutes and Eschevaria taking up 10.
In the assists column, Jehovany Rivera had two, while Brandon Ruiz, Amos Munoz, and Luis Guzman each had one, the coach added.
Despite the Bluejays hitting on all cylinders, Overla admitted that sometimes with these types of games it is difficult to observe how your team handles defensive strategies.
“It’s hard to gauge how well we did, [because] we were in possession the entire game and had very little defensive pressure applied to us,” he said. “We did do a much better job in the second half of timing our runs and getting on the end of through balls that ended in goals. We finished well also. Defensively, we did not face any pressure and we were very organized.”
Two days prior on April 17, the Bluejays snapped their then two game losing streak after posting their second shutout of the season.
At home against fellow Bluejays from Bondurant-Farrar, the host took down their Raccoon River Conference rivals, 4-0.
In front of the net for the first 65 minutes, Aragon did not allow the road team to even get one score in. Eschevaria continued the scoreless contest for the final 15 minutes.
Lopez had two goals, with his first one coming in the first minute, according to Overla. Munoz also had a goal and Ruiz recorded a goal.
“All those goals came in the first half. We’re still trying to find our way offensively but we saw some really positive things,” Overla said.
Perry plays host to the Indians of Indianola on April 23 and then the following day to the Winterset Huskies.
“Winterset is ranked #6 and should prove to be a very good challenge for Perry,” the head coach said.