It’s been a season of close matches for the Blue Springs South boys soccer team.
Tuesday against William Chrisman, the Jaguars made sure that wouldn't be the case again.
South scored twice in the first three minutes, led 4-0 at halftime and overwhelmingly dominated possession on the way to a 5-0 win at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
“You kind of get some of your confidence back after a win like this,” South coach Jon Grice said. “It’s nice to score multiple goals in a game. We haven’t done that in a while.”
Junior Bryce Millican had two goals and an assist, and Brett Vaughn tallied three assists to pace the Jaguars (5-10), whose six of last seven games had been decided by one goal.
“It feels good to get a win against a good team,” Millican said. “We’ll feel better going into the rest of the season following tonight.”
Dylan Shuker opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into the game when he finished the first of three assists by Vaughn inside the six-yard box.
Millican cleaned up a loose ball in the box shortly thereafter, then eight minutes later Trae Rickman finished a rebound off a save by Bears goalkeeper Brandon Kuhlman to push the Jaguars lead to 3-0.
By the time Brooks Childers finished Millican’s corner kick for a 4-0 South lead, less than 17 minutes had gone off the clock.
“(Grice) really instilled in us the game plan,” said Millican, who scored South’s fifth goal on a breakaway off a pass from Vaughn late in the second half. “Get the ball wide and serve it back in, and it seemed to work well for us the whole game.”
Vaughn did plenty of serving the ball into the box from near the sidelines, whether it was with his foot or on long throw-ins.
“To get an assist you have to have someone finish it,” said Vaughn, giving the credit to his teammates. “We’ve struggled with (scoring) so far. From here on, we need to grow and finish more. But this is something that can spur us going forward. Getting a few guys back from injury really helps our confidence.”
After the initial 20 minutes, Chrisman (4-9) steadied the game's play and cut down on the Jaguars scoring chances, though South still controlled possession.
“You have to give Chrisman credit, they play all the way down the field, spread out wide and are well-coached,” Grice said. “We’ve played other teams that don’t play real soccer and just pack (defenders) in front of the goal, but Chrisman doesn’t do that. They made it tough on us at times.”
Though South had arguably its best performance of the year, Grice noted Tuesday showed the Jaguars still have a lot to fix.
“We need to work better in our attacking third and do a better job of finishing,” he said. “We have to do that if we want to do anything in the postseason.”