Nevada Union soccer wallops Colfax, 7-1
Before Wednesday’s match with Colfax, Nevada Union boys soccer coach Alex Butterfield said the 2014 Miners are the best team he has had since taking over the program.
Against the Falcons, they looked it.
“I think this is the strongest we’ve had,” Butterfield said. “The competition is stronger this year, but I think this is the strongest team I’ve had in my five years here.”
Nevada Union crushed Colfax, 7-1, in a non-league match at Sierra College. The Miners scored four goals before Colfax even got off a shot in a game that was one-sided from the start.
“We were connecting really well,” NU sophomore captain Jack Devlin said. “We got some good crosses in pretty early, we started pressuring them early, and then we got a lot of shots on target which is important.”
The Miners got on the board in the 13th minute when Dylan Moreno dribbled the ball nearly the entire length of the field, streaking up the sideline and past pursuing Falcons defenders before sending in the goal past a diving Colfax keeper.
Devlin extended the lead three minutes later when he netted a goal after eluding the charging Colfax goalie.
Devlin finished the game with two goals and two assists.
“I’m hoping we can make playoffs again this year,” Devlin said. “That’s my goal for the team and this is one of the most skilled teams we’ve had in a while. We are not the biggest or strongest, but we have a lot of skillful players, so I think we can do pretty well if we can handle the speed and size of other teams.”
The Miners made the playoffs last season and were ousted in the first round by No. 2 nationally ranked Jesuit.
Nevada Union went up 3-0 on Colfax in the 19th minute when Aaron Fry slotted a penalty kick into the left corner of the goal.
Dalmiro Carrillo made it 4-0 with a goal in the 23rd minute.
Colfax would get its first shot off in the 38th minute and it found nothing but net. Colfax sophomore Ryan Allen struck the ball from about 30 yards out, it sailed over the NU goalie’s finger tips and into the top of the goal to give Colfax its first tally.
It didn’t take the Miners long to respond though as Devlin netted his second goal of the game just before the half.
In the second half, NU got goals from Aaron Fry and Cameron Fry to put the game away.
The Miners will take the pitch again Friday when they host the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section D-VII champs Forest Lake Christian.
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.