Plymouth boys soccer earns first win with blowout at Whitko
SOUTH WHITLEY — After surrendering a late goal in a draw at Rochester last week, Plymouth’s boys soccer team was determined not to let it happen again at Whitko Tuesday.
The Rockies scored four goals within the first 10 minutes and kept their foots on the gas in a 10-0 blowout of the host Wildcats to earn their first win of the season.
“We were pleased because we were disappointed with the result against Rochester,” said Plymouth head coach Josh Martin. “We felt like we did a good job moving the ball around and getting scoring opportunities from lots of different areas of the field. We played in behind their defense, served some great balls in from the flanks and even a couple nice shots from distance.”
Seven different Plymouth players scored goals as the Rockies outshot Whitko by a lopsided 18-2 margin, and Tim Fonseca and Clay Marshall each tallied multiple scores.
Fonseca, a sophomore forward who moved up from the JV last year, netted three straight goals for an old-fashioned hat trick in the 20th, 24th and 37th minutes to lift the visitors to a 7-0 advantage at the half.
“Tim is a new addition this year. He’s a real speedy, real strong kid and can hold defenders off the ball. He’s really worked on his finishing to get some good looks at the net,” said Martin. “Another guy who was pretty dangerous for us tonight was Joe Smith, who had one goal and an assist and looked dangerous in a couple other situations as well.”
“This looks good for us because our main source of goals is out for a couple games, Caeser Aguilar, hasn’t played these first couple games,” added Martin. “Once we get him back I think we’ll look even more dangerous. The good thing is it’s not just those guys creating but the guys off the ball. Our midfielders are having some pretty good vision, and our defenders are getting good at playing better balls in to our forwards’ feet and getting in to our attacking spaces. Those goals were pretty big team efforts.”
Eric Aguilar moved into goal in the second half and made two saves to preserve the shutout for Plymouth.
The Rockies move to 1-0-1 on the young season. They will look to build on Tuesday’s win as they host Northern Lakes Conference foe Warsaw in a league opener Thursday at 4:45 p.m. at Kindt Soccerplex, while the Plymouth girls soccer team plays host to Westview in a non-conference match-up on the JV field.
“We know we can’t get too cocky. Whitko had a hard time keeping their defensive shape and they gave us lots of gaps and probably a little bit too much time on top of the ball,” Martin said. “Our next game against Warsaw is going to be at a much higher speed of play so that’s something that we know we need to work on tomorrow at practice before we go into that first NLC match on Thursday.”
• PLYMOUTH 10, WHITKO 0
Alex Orellana, 1st minute
Joe Smith (Blake Milliser), 3rd minute
Armando Diaz (Orellana), 5th minute
Clay Marshall (Smith), 10th minute
Tim Fonseca (Kyle Emenaker), 20th minute
Fonseca (Zach Stone), 24th minute
Fonseca, 37th minute
Gonzalo Figueroa (Marshall), 57th minute
Marshall (Eduardo Mayen), 70th minute
Antonio Calderon, 72nd minute
Shots on goal: Plymouth 18, Whitko 2
Saves: Plymouth 2 (Eric Aguilar), Whitko 8 (Jared Helton)
Record: Plymouth 1-0-1