Rebels punish Pacer booters
TOWNSHEND -- Bryce Karg, Jacob Sherman, Sergei Brower, and Olin Ruppert-Bousquet like to do things twice. You know, just to make sure the job gets done.
Like scoring goals.
Each Leland & Gray soccer player tallied a pair versus Hinsdale on Monday to give the Rebels a 9-1 win.
The Division 3 Rebels tested the visitors early, as Karg buried back-to-back goals in the opening minutes of the contest, employing Fraser Query and Corso Donati on separate drives. Moments later, Sherman would get his day started with a boot from the top of the box to make it 3-0 in the first 29 minutes of play.
"We had a rough start to our season," said Rebel coach Chris Barton, whose team climbs to 2-3. "Had some player disciplinary issues, but the guys are really starting to come together."
The Rebels certainly had it together, moreso in the first half, as the scoreboard read 5-0 at the break. The visitors' Anthony Gringeri and Kyle Rideout busted up the L&G offense on numerous occassions, but the Rebs always seemed to find a hole in the Pacers' defense.
"I thought Hinsdale worked hard," said Barton. "Their striker up front had a beautiful goal. They battled us right until the end."
The Pacers' sole goal came from Richie Webster, who came down the left line early in the second half and stretched for the make. It looked like Webster could have done more throughout the matchup with some extra help.
Ryan Borgesen kicked it in from way out to find the back of Brower's head for Leland & Gray's fourth goal. Brower turned quickly to see the ball roll in. Then, with about 12 minutes left before the next half, Brower would score again, this time with help from Karg on the push.
The Pacers allowed the Rebels too much space to move around, in the first, but fortified their position in the second, even though L&G had possession most of the time, since Hinsdale wasn't winning enough challenges.
During the half, Barton told his team to control the midfield and look for more breakaways. The coach also told them they needed to work on communication. They listened, to some degree. But if Leland & Gray had trouble talking, it didn't seem to matter much, because their opponents were hardly saying anything at all.
"We didn't show up to play today," said Hinsdale coach Steve Fecto, whose Division IV team dropped to 2-3.
Sherman went back on the attack again midway through the second, off a Ruppert-Bousquet assist. Goals eight and nine went to Ruppert-Bousquet, with feeds from Joshua Donna and Sherman.
The Rebels remaining goal came via Donna, with midfielder Karg again on the assist, at the beginning of the second.
"I think if we use our short passing, skill, and speed, we can be a dangerous team," said Barton.
Leland & Gray will play at an undefeated Woodstock on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
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