LAKEVIEW — The first time this season Kent City and Lakeview met each other in soccer, it was Sept. 7. The Wildcats won 7-5.
The second time around was much different.
Lakeview mercied the Eagles in one half Monday, winning 8-0 while allowing only one shot on goal.
“They were doing a nice passing game,” Lakeview coach Jeff Bennett said of his team. “That’s what we’ve been working on all the time, trying to get the control at midfield. They were doing that very well.”
The passing game led to eight goals in 32 minutes, starting with Antonio Leija’s goal six minutes into the game, converting a pass from Riley Nichols.
Three minutes later, Nichols led Nick Ruvalcaba with a pass and Ruvalcaba knocked it in after Kent City goalkeeper Juan Salas lost it out of his hands.
The third goal never should have been scored. One of the referees had ruled the Wildcats (9-3 overall, 8-3 CSAA-Silver) knocked the ball out of bounds along the sideline, but did nothing when Lakeview threw in the ball and it resulted in a goal from Teddy Grant.
Grant got another goal off a Ruvalcaba rebound in the 18th minute, making the score 4-0 Wildcats.
The last four goals were scored within six minutes of each other. Cade Oberlin scored off a David Larson lead pass, then
Brendan Kurtze was credited with a goal when Salas caught the ball but fell into the goal with the ball in his hands.
Ruvalcaba got his second of the game after Jacob Peasley hit him with a free kick from near midfield, and the final goal was the first goal of the season for Skyler Pickel off a Ruvalcaba lead pass.
The Eagles (3-14, 3-8), meanwhile, got only one shot on goal, and that was late after starting goalkeeper Tristan Taylor was pulled for a lack of action his way. Aaryn Mitchell went in and made a simple save.
Kent City coach Ed Hilton was very displeased with his team.
“Part of it is injuries and part of it is we gave up early,” he said. “We’ll talk about it in practice (today).
The Eagles were playing without Carlos Diaz, who said he will return Wednesday.
Bennett credited his defense with part of the shutout.
“The defense was pretty tough,” he said. “(Kent City) didn’t have a lot of attacks in the first part of the half. I switched some things around and it seemed to work out. I switched things last game and continued with that.”
Bennett also said the difference between the 7-5 win and Monday’s blowout was passing.
“The last game we didn’t play as a control,” he said. “Too much kicking and not enough control, not enough passing and really, that’s what started the whole ‘we need to focus on our passing game.’ The last time we were just kicking it, playing little kids’ soccer and we don’t want to do that. I think we got it figured out.”
The Wildcats will host Fremont in their next game Wednesday.