Warriors race past Maiden
The West Caldwell scored five goals within the first 12 minutes of its match en route to a 9-0 victory over Maiden on Wednesday in Gamewell.
“Tonight was a good chance for us to work on ball movement and to focus on our play out on the wings,” West head coach Thomas Clark said. “We were able to work on making the right passes and some other things that we need to be able to do to beat the top teams.”
The Warriors scored their first three goals in under five minutes. At the 38:28 mark, Luis Mendoza scored the first of his two goals to give West a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Jonathan Cruz-Nava scored the first of three goals on a header off a Grant Barnette corner. Mendoza scored his second goal of the day less than one minute later when he dribbled past the Maiden defense and beat the goalkeeper to give West a 3-0 lead.
Cruz-Nava scored his second goal of the game at the 29:48 mark on a cross from Mendoza. Tanner Wilson scored just over a minute later after the goalkeeper saved Wilson’s shot, but fell across to give Wilson the goal. Then with 3:36 remaining in the half, Rafael Murillo scored to give the Warriors a 6-0 advantage at the half.
In the second half, Cruz-Nava completed the hat trick with another header off of another Barnette corner. Ivan Jantes put West up 8-0 with a goal at the 32:56 mark. The Warriors ended the game by way of the nine-goal mercy rule at the 19:04 mark when Wilson scored his second goal of the game on an assist from Barnette.
West Caldwell improves to 9-0-1 in the conference and will host East Lincoln on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.