MHS boys soccer shells Fort Dodge, 10-0

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - Marshalltown junior Austin Shomo turns the corner toward the goal during the first half of the Bobcats’ 10-0 victory over Fort Dodge at Leonard Cole Field.

The Class 3A No. 15 Marshalltown boys soccer team has accomplished a lot during its recent long win streak, but it had yet to beat a team by a 10-0 goal rule and end a game early.

That all changed with Fort Dodge came to town on Friday evening, as the Bobcats scored early and often on their way to a 10-0 victory over the Dodgers in 62 minutes, the seventh-straight win for the MHS boys.

Marshalltown head boys soccer coach Scott Johannes said the boys knew Fort Dodge wasn’t going to be a tough opponent coming in, but it was still good to see them take care of business.

“Yesterday was not a good practice, so we were hoping that it was that thing of, ‘bad practice, good game,'” Johannes said. “At the same time we had to recognize that we know what’s been happening at Fort Dodge, let’s hold our heads high, work hard and take care of the little things. We wanted to get the starters some good, solid minutes at the beginning and then get everybody else some time, and that was a great time where we got lots of minutes for everybody.”

Jose Torres once again played the role of icebreaker for the Bobcats (7-1, 2-0) as he started the scoring party with a goal just 1 minute, 50 seconds, into the match. Samuel Estrada came next with a score in the fifth minute, followed by Brandon Ordaz Sanchez in the 10th minute and Rene Hernandez in the 11th minute.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

After Torres netted his second goal of the contest in the 16th minute, Johannes started to pull starters and get some of the deeper bench players some action, but he said he was happy to see his starters play so well.

“We have been playing that way and they were able to do that and just spread it out,” he said. “Did the defense touch the ball? I’m not sure, but we got the ball moving around from side to side really well, and that was fun.”

The regular defenders might not have touched the ball in the first 20 minutes, but they got to see some action on the other side of the pitch for the rest of the contest. Defenders Caleb Summers, Austin Shomo and Dah Bu all got to play forward, with Bu scoring the final two goals of the game.

“It was fun, we joke with Caleb Summers about his speed, he’s a great defender but just isn’t going to be on that outside. He had a slight chance, he talked about getting his jersey held and we said, ‘sure it was, Caleb,'” Johannes said with a chuckle. “It was fun to be able to get some guys in other position, Jose Torres wanted to go in at goalie.”

Joining Torres and Bu in the multi-score column was Jack Play, who built off his first goal of the year against Southeast Polk on Tuesday with two scores against the Dodgers (0-6, 0-2).

The momentum keeps building for the Marshalltown boys and nothing seems to slow them down, and Johannes said that’s because his Bobcats know there are bigger things on the horizon.

“What we keep talking about is our overall goals,” he said. “7-1, that’s not where we want to be. We want to keep going on to that next game, an for us that’s Valley right back here. Our win streak started at home and we want to keep it going. Enjoy this over the weekend but we have to be focused on Monday, because that will be a big game.”

Marshalltown will host No. 8 West Des Moines Valley at Leonard Cole Field on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Marshalltown 10, Fort Dodge 0

At Marshalltown

First Half

MHS — Jose Torres, 1:50.

MHS — Samuel Estrada, 4:38.

MHS — Brandon Ordaz Sanchez, 9:29.

MHS — Rene Hernandez, 10:58.

MHS — Torres, 15:17.

MHS — Jack Play, 27:09.

MHS — Jorge Carrillo, 31:16.

MHS — Play, 33:37.

Second Half

MHS — Dah Bu, 57:28.

MHS — Bu, 61:35.

Goalkeepers — FD: Adam Pearson (19 shots on Goal-9 saves); MHS: Jesus Munoz (0-0), Ernesto Tellez (1-1).

Shots — MHS 30, FD 2.

Shots on Goal — MHS 19, FD 1.

Corner Kicks — MHS 4, FD 0.