Boys soccer notes: Goddard off to high-scoring start
In Ryan Rooney’s two years as Goddard boys soccer coach, the team hasn’t been able to start a season 2-0. But the Lions are 3-0 after a 5-3 win over Southeast, a 5-0 win over Campus and a 6-0 win over Arkansas City on Tuesday in Goddard’s tournament.
Goddard plays host to Newton at 7 p.m. Thursday in the second game of the tournament.
Newton defeated Goddard twice last season, but this season’s Goddard team looks a lot different. The Lions have scored more goals in its first three games than it did all 17 games last year.
Goddard lost 10 games last year, but eight were by one goal and nine went into overtime. Finishing goal-scoring opportunities was a challenge.
“They’re maturing as players,” Rooney said. “They’re making better decisions as far as when to hold it, when to pass it, taking opportunities and finishing opportunities.”
Juniors Jonatan Sevilla and Daniel Weaver lead the offense, with Sevilla scoring four goals with three assists, and Weaver scoring seven goals with six assists in the first three games.
“They are really big numbers, so we will have to find some production from other places, because people will see those numbers and do the math and other teams will catch on,” Rooney said. “So we’ll have to find other people to score, definitely.”
Goalkeeper Landon Babcock is also an important piece to Goddard’s success. Babcock kept the Lions in games last season, while they were outshot in 14 of 17 games.
West starts big — West coach Wyatt Bobo has been coaching at the high school level for more than 10 years. After holding an assistant position at West the past two years, Bobo has become head coach and changed the system.
“I think the kids buy into it with more knowledge that you have, and then the drills that I have them go through, I think that sells it,” Bobo said. “Being a former player and being a coach, that helps win the kids over.”
The Pioneers are 3-1 and have scored 20 goals in the first four games.
“I think I have a real talented group of young kids that have really good technical skill, and great leadership with our seniors Wes Killian and Hector Ibarra,” Bobo said. “We have a different training style, different formations, we had summer training, and the kids have bought into the system and have carried it over into our season.”
West has seen scoring production from eight players, with sophomore Christian Granillo leading the team with six goals, while Killian, freshman Eduardo Rios, and sophomore Alan Ibarra each have three goals. Sophomore midfielder Alberto Jimenez has two goals and six assists.
Olathe Northwest visits City League — After traveling to Olathe Northwest for a match last season, Kapaun Mount Carmel will play host to the Ravens at noon Saturday at Stryker Complex.
“It’s going to be a really good game because we beat them last year 1-0 and it was an up-and-back affair,” Kapaun coach Alan Shepherd said. “It helps us with the speed of play, it helps us move the ball quicker and move out of pressure, and defensively it helps you get used to playing against quicker players and organized teams.”
Olathe Northwest will play at East at 4:30 p.m. Friday.