He’s likely one of few high school students around sporting a well-coiffed mullet.
Lee’s Summit North senior forward Cody Hoffman also possesses some extraordinary soccer skills, and Wednesday at Bronco Stadium those skills made for a party in the backfield, though a rough night for Blue Springs South.
Hoffman tallied five goals and assisted on another as the Broncos turned a battle of Suburban Big Six unbeatens into a 6-0 rout of the Jaguars.
“It was a poorly played game for us,” said South coach Jon Grice, whose team fell to 7-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Six.
Grice did say that Hoffman’s goals – three in the first half, two after halftime – were combination of his skill and speed in addition to the Jaguars being out of position at times. The Jaguars also played without starting defender Ryan Poertner.
“He’s a very gifted player, a very good finisher,” Grice said of Hoffman. “His speed is up there with anybody in the state, and with his finishing ability it’s a great combination.
“We created chances early, but I think we got a little worn down. We had some guys in different spots, and when we didn’t finish we got worn down.”
Much of those chances, however, came after North (8-2-1, 5-0 conference) was up by two or three goals.
The first score came just into the eighth minute, when Hoffman won a crossing pass from a couple defenders and struck a 10-yard rocket that was too hard for South goalkeeper Nick Shafer to handle.
Ten minutes later, a give-and-go with Dylan Shilcutt off a corner kick freed up Hoffman on the wing to skip a 12-yarder past Shafer. In the 21st, Hoffman stopped and popped in a 10-yarder after a touch-ahead pass from Hunter Pickering.
Hoffman admitted to having a mentality similar to a hot shooter in basketball, looking to uncork a shot whenever possible. But more importantly he was the recipient of some fine passes, he said.
“My teammates were putting me in good position, where all I had to do was get it past the goalie,” Hoffman said. “They were missing a centerback, so they had a weak spot, and they gave it to me there.”
South’s best scoring chance came in the 28th when Sam Leech’s header off a free kick forced North’s Parker Johnson to make a leaping save. Johnson and Nick Cooper (final 9 minutes) combined for four saves to post the shutout.
Hoffman scored on breakaways from long passes barely into the 42nd and in the 52nd. He nearly made it six goals in the 55th when his shot off a crossing pass hit the left post, but Shilcutt was there for a tap-in goal ahead of diving keeper Clayton Anderson, who had replaced Shafer a minute earlier.
North coach Tim Richardson said Hoffman has had another five-goal game and a four-goal game in his career and that the senior is committed to Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
“He’s shown a lot of poise in front of the goal,” Richardson said. “He can finish with right or left foot. I’m proud of how he handled himself in front of the goal.”
North’s junior varsity won 1-0.