SPORTS: Sports Editor Elijah Bruggeman gives a play-by-play of the Boys Varsity Soccer match against the Liberty Lancers on September 14, 2018.
The Angel’s boys were unstoppable as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Liberty Lancers with goals coming from five different scorers, including a hat trick from junior Zion Wagoner.
The Angels came out firing on all cylinders, scoring within the first 10 minutes of the game. Following an amazing save by goalkeeper Oliver Chamberlin, Rene Perez was able to split the gap in the defense at the midfield on a counter attack and find Ethan Boyle on the offensive half of the field. Boyle’s impressive handling abilities allowed him to evade the four defenders that closed in around him and get the ball to a wide open Anthony D’Ambrosio in the corner of the field. D’Ambrosio proceeded to dance around his defender, split a triple team and sting the bottom left corner with the ball, opening up the scoring for the Angels.
The Angels came out firing on all cylinders.
It only took 3 more minutes of play for the Angels to find the back of the net again. This time Justin Reese skipped the ball down to Ethan Boyle in the corner who placed the ball perfectly in front of the goal, allowing Chase Henderson to knock it in.
East’s scoring was interrupted only briefly after a defensive turnover, when Liberty was able to take advantage of a momentary confusion and place a long range shot just over the goalie’s head.
However, the Angel’s defense responded almost immediately. On the next Lancers possession, East triple teamed the ball carrier close to midfield, allowing Benji Gutierrez to steal the ball and quickly move it up the field to Zion Wagner who outleged the entire Liberty defense to shoot the ball around the goalie on the doorstep.
Wagner opened up the scoring in the second half 13 minutes in. Following a long clear by the Angel’s defense, Wagner was able to collect the ball close the net off of a missed header by Liberty’s defense. Zion then put his athleticism on display, outrunning the defense yet again to chip the ball in, steps away from the net.
A sea of magic fingers and jazz hands coming from the fan section.
The next score was initiated by captain Marko Babiak on a corner kick. A sea of magic fingers and jazz hands coming from the fan section put the noise of the field to rest. Raising his hands to signal to the rest of his teammates, Babiak floated the ball to Justin Reese who tapped the ball into the net, just out of reach of the goalie.
The following goal was scored in a similar fashion. Zion Wagner played with the ball in the corner before moving it up to wide open Rene Perez who proceeded to place the ball perfectly centered in front of the goal from 30 yards out, giving Ethan Boyle the opportunity to back heel the ball into the net.
The scoring frenzy was capped in the last two minutes of the game by Zion Wagner, who secured himself a hat trick with another impressive show of speed, weaving in and out of the Liberty defense with ease and finding the back of the net with an easy chip over the goalkeeper.
As of press time the boy’s soccer team currently sits at an 8-1 overall record, 4-0 in league play, ranking them eighth overall among Colorado high school teams and first overall in league. This impressive start to the season is aided by the Angel’s ability to outscore opponents by large margins, sitting at 39 goals for and only 6 goals against.