By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The No. 16 Stillwater Pioneers entered Friday’s district soccer game against the Sapulpa Chieftains coming off two tough losses against Bartlesville and top-ranked Jenks. At Pioneer Stadium, the Pioneers took out their frustrations on Sapulpa as they scored seven first half goals in a 10-0 mercy-rule victory.
“I was more proud of the shutout,” coach Seth Condley said. “We needed to get a shutout. I think we got better and are going to get ready for Union on Tuesday.”
Marlon McDonald scored his first goal less than three minutes into the game on a pass from Garrison Glass. With 25:22 left in the first half, Nathan Herrmann started Stillwater on a run of three goals in five minutes. McDonald scored his second goal of the night. Then Herrmann scored his second. Luis Rute, who assisted on Herrmann’s first goal, scored five minutes later.
“I thought when we got our first goal we were going to ease and keep playing,” McDonald said. “The team just started turning it up and we didn’t let our foot off the gas.”
Bryson Reed and Tre Diaz also scored goals to give the Pioneers a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Herrmann said he thought they executed well and took control of the game.
“We knew going in, it wasn’t going to be the best team in our district,” Herrmann said. “If we execute and do what we have been doing all season, we would be fine.”
Condley put his second team into the game in the second half and it maintained the shutout. Quentin Price and Austin Campbell took advantage of the playing time and scored with 27 and 20 minutes left, respectively. Daniel Mutai ended the game with 8:40 left, shooting it over the goalie to invoke the mercy rule.
“The plan was as the game progressed, I was going to get my (starters) back in with 10 minutes left to keep them fresh for Tuesday. ... I wanted to give some younger guys, some varsity time to prepare for our next five games and for 2015.”
Herrmann said it was nice to see the future of the program get playing time.
“These our the guys that next year and the next two are going to be scoring the goals,” Herrmann said. “So seeing them out there shows there is a bright future for Stillwater soccer.”
The Pioneers (5-3, 1-1) host No. 8 Union at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pioneer Stadium.
“It was good to get a strong win going into that game and get some momentum,” Herrmann said. “It’s going to be a tough game. But if we play well, we have a good chance of winning.”