Dragons rout Winamac 10-0 at Culver tourney
CULVER — There are shutouts, and then there are shutouts.
Argos out-possessed Winamac at every turn to hold the Warriors without a single shot on goal while putting up 10 goals from seven different players in a 10-0 rout at the Culver Community Boys Soccer Sectional Wednesday.
The Dragons move on to face Bremen, which topped host Culver 4-1 in Wednesday’s other semifinal, in the sectional championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“I told the guys tonight ‘Focus on possessing the ball and moving,’ and they did,” said Argos Head Boys Soccer Coach Todd VanDerWeels. “I think they moved really well and there were a lot of shots from a lot of different guys on goal. It took us awhile to get going, but when we finally did start breaking them down, things started flowing for us.”
The game remained 1-0 after Dominic Cataldo’s first of three scores in the 16th minute until his second goal in the 30th minute, but the Dragons quickly ran away with the contest with four goals in a 10-minute span to take a 5-0 halftime lead.
“We game-planned early to try to keep it close. Towards the end of the first half it got a little sloppy and they ran up a couple on us,” said Winamac head coach Mark Eber. “The kids played hard, that’s all we asked of them. We would have liked to have been more competitive, it just didn’t work out that way.”
Cataldo’s solo goal in the 16th minute put the Dragons on the board, and he tacked on another on a Zach Stockman assist in the 30th minute to give Argos a 2-0 edge. His goal in the 34th minute put the team up 4-0 and salted away a hat trick with plenty of time to spare in the first half.
Max Bailey added another two scores for the Dragons, including an unassisted shot in the 33rd minute for Argos’ third goal of the night, and another goal on a Ronald Tanner assist in the game’s 49th minute.
“Both sophomores, both have come a long way this year. They’re good players,” said VanDerWeele. “Dominic is really more of a facilitator, a server; he loves to set guys up. It just so happens that the opportunities came to him and he finished them. Max has been nothing but a hustler. Every loose ball he tries to get something on down in front of goal, and when you work that hard you get rewarded eventually.”
Taylor Ogle, Joseph Stone, Sean Mullaney, Damon Binkley and Stockman also tallied goals as Argos outshot its opponents by a lopsided 19-0 margin and poured on the pressure for a full 80 minutes.
Argos improves to 10-6 on the year and will play the Lions in Saturday’s championship.
“We haven’t played them,” said VanDerWeele. “We’ve had some familiar opponents. They beat LaVille, we beat LaVille, and in the regular season I think LaVille only got beat twice, so that obviously wasn’t an easy feat if we were the only two teams that beat them. They’ve got some good athletes, some good players, and we’re just going to have to be ready to play. We’ll see what happens.”
Winamac’s young squad bows out at 1-14-2, meanwhile, but with just three seniors leaving in Payton Windsor, Jared Garey and Paul Hettinger, the future looks bright for the Warriors.
“I’m proud of them. We’re 14 out of 21 freshmen and sophomores,” said Eber. “Even the older kids aren’t that experienced other than a couple. The seniors will be missed. Payton (Windsor) was the biggest part of our offense, so we’re going to have to find some goal scorers next year, but we’ve definitely got some kids that are capable of it. Lot of potential, there’s nothing else we can say about it. It’s up to us and the players themselves to bring that out next season.”
• ARGOS 10, WINAMAC 0
At Culver Sectional
Argos — Dominic Cataldo, 16th minute
Argos — Cataldo (Zach Stockman), 30th minute
Argos — Max Bailey, 33rd minute
Argos — Cataldo, 34th minute
Argos — Taylor Ogle (Bailey), 40th minute
Argos — Damon Binkley (Patric Shei), 42nd minute
Argos — Bailey (Ronald Tanner), 49th minute
Argos — Joseph Stone (Josiah Osborn), 67th minute
Argos — Sean Mullaney (Justin Cunningham), 69th minute
Argos — Stockman, 71st minute
Shots on goal: Winamac 0, Argos 19
Saves: Winamac 9, Argos 0
Corners: Argos 4, Winamac 0
Fouls: Winamac 3, Argos 6
Records: Argos 10-6, Winamac 1-14-2 (final)