By Michael Childers
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
SOMERSET—Heading into Tuesday night's match-up with North Laurel, Somerset boys soccer Steve Wallace wondered if his team would come ready to play following a big weekend at the All "A" Boys Soccer State Tournament.
Wallace quickly found out that his team was just fine, as the Briar Jumpers scored a goal less than four minutes into the game. Wallace and company would continue to roll in the match, as they came away with 10-3 victory over the visiting Jaguars on Tuesday night at Clara Morrow Field.
"I didn't want to have a backlash from Class A," Wallace said. "I gave them a day off on Sunday and we practiced on Monday, but it wasn't a very good practice. Once I saw the guys warming up, I knew we were going to be just fine."
Jake Pierce, less than four minutes into the contest, scored Somerset's first goal after his shot hit the right post and bounced in for the score.
Somerset would then tally three goal in less than seven minutes to jump out to a 4-0 lead over North Laurel. Kevin Huerman, Austin Hill, and Carlos Canella each scored a goal for the Jumpers in that seven-minute time span.
"We wanted to come out and play fast—we scored eight goals in the first half, so that's pretty fast," Wallace said. "We wanted to come out with a good pace and put things away early, which we did. North Laurel couldn't stay with our pace. We've got to play quick, and play with a purpose."
Shortly after Canella scored his second goal of the night, North Laurel tallied their first goal of the evening after Hunter Riley netted a goal with 11:38 remaining in the opening half.
Huerman, with just over 10 minutes left in the first half, scored two goals to put the Jumpers out front by six goals at 7-1. With 4:40 left to play until halftime, Nick Henry got a shot in the net to give Somerset an 8-1 lead at halftime.
Somerset goal keeper Brandon Patterson did some scoring of his own for the Jumpers, as he converted on a penalty kick opportunity. Patterson's goal put Somerset ahead by eight goals at 9-1.
North Laurel's Elijah Whitenack tallied a goal with 23:25 remaining in the contest to lessen the Jumper lead to 9-2. Hill scored his second goal of the game before the Jaguars added another goal late in the contest.