By Bonta Hill
If the opening game was any indication on how Lick-Wilmerding’s season will be, Tigers fans will be in for a treat this season.
The Tigers opened their 2010 soccer season in dominating fashion, overwhelming Valley Christian of Dublin 9-2 on Tuesday at Boxer Stadium.
Drew Forrest, Dimitri Barton and Daniel Wong had two goals apiece for the Tigers, who are looking to rid themselves of last season’s struggles.
“We’ve got a largely new team, so were figuring out how we all work together,” said Lick-Wilmerding head coach Matt Kurnick. “However, this was a good starting game.”
Forrest and Barton set the tone of the match early, as they combined to score the game’s first four goals.
Forrest, a junior playing in his first-ever Varsity game, put the Tigers on the board in the fourth minute as he took a beautiful pass from Barton to start the onslaught.
“The first goal, Dimitri just broke the defender and laid it right in there for me,” Forrest said. “He laid it right in there for me and I didn’t have to do much except blast it by the goalie.”
Barton, who displayed solid dribbling to go along with some fancy footwork, put the Tigers up 2-0 in the 17th minute.
“I beat the defender down the left side, and I just cut it in to the right and saw the goalie out of position,” Barton said. “[I] just hit the roof of the net. There’s no way you can stop that.”
Forrest then scored his second goal of the match in the 27th minute, as he broke free again and chipped an easy shot past the Vikings goaltender to lengthen the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
Barton’s second goal of the game came in the 32nd minute, as he caught Valley Christian’s defense in a vulnerable position again to give the Tigers a 4-0 cushion.
Wong gave Lick-Wilmerding a 5-0 halftime lead with a goal in the 38th minute and the Tigers would add three more goals late in the second half after two early second-half goals from Vikings forwards Dakota Yates and Ryan Baker.
“I was impressed with what I saw, no disrespect to our opponents, but I wasn’t expecting strong competition today,” said Kurnick. “But I was impressed and this gave us a chance to work some things out on the field.”
LW – 4th minute: Drew Forrest
LW – 17th minute: Dimitri Barton
LW – 27th minute: Forrest
LW – 32nd minute: Barton
LW – 39th minute: Daniel Wong
VC – 44th minute: Dakota Yates
VC – 47th minute: Ryan Baker
LW – 57th minute: Tomas Fuentes-Afflick
LW – 70th minute: Reyzinho Deonizio
LW – 78th minute: Wong
LW – 79th minute: Yonah Levy