There was no hangover effect for the Truman boys soccer team.
Two days after an emotional 2-1 overtime loss against Independence School District rival Van Horn, the injury-riddled Patriots responded with a 3-1 win at Raytown Wednesday in a Suburban Big Six contest.
Truman (7-2, 2-0 Suburban Big Six) dominated the game’s final 60 minutes and received a goal and assist from both sophomore Korby Ring and junior Hernan Andrade.
“It was a good bounce-back performance,” Patriots head coach Manny Tovar said. “We’ve had so many injuries, we started a lot of our substitutes to see how long they could go and give our starters a break. They did a good job starting off, then when we put our normal starters back in we kind of switched formations and were able to get a quick goal.”
Raytown led 1-0 after it benefitted from an early Truman own goal.
The Patriots tied the game in the 28th minute when Ring and Andrade moved the ball into the box on multiple back-and-forth passes, then Ring finished a wide open shot from near the penalty spot.
“I thought Hernan was going to take the shot,” Ring said, “so I was a little surprised when the ball came back to me. I just had to reset my body a little bit, focus on the shot and finish it off. It was a good ball from Hernan. I didn’t want to miss it after that great pass.”
Early in the second half, Austin Montoya made a run into the right side of the box and found Andrade open in front of the goal for an easy finish that gave Truman the lead.
“The defense collapsed on (Montoya), so I took the space available and he found me and I finished it,” Andrade said. “After Korby scored I was motivated for the team to get another goal. I thought that when we took the lead, that we could hold it and it would be over.”
Though his goal and assist were crucial to the win, Andrade’s dominance as an attacking midfielder helped the Patriots keep possession for long stretches during the match.
“Hernan just never runs out of energy,” Tovar said. “That’s one thing we found out about him. Entering the year, we weren’t expecting him to contribute too much, but now he’s doing a lot up there for us and creating a lot of havoc.”
Truman closed out the scoring in the 55th minute as Ring served a ball into the Raytown box that Nate Hedrick ran onto and blasted into the upper right corner of the goal.
“Korby is one of our best players,” Tovar said. “He’s able to do everything: dribble, skill, pass. He got an assist on Nate’s goal and his answer in the first half was excellent.”
The Bluejays (1-7, 0-3) never seriously threatened Patriots goalkeeper Josh Cruz as he faced only two shots on goal.
“After losing Monday, this win gives us a lot of momentum going into two tough games (Park Hill South and Liberty) next week,” Ring said. “Last time we played (Raytown) it went into overtime, so this time we knew we had to come out and take care of business.”