CALCUTTA - The Eagles soared past the Warriors.
Jacob Rogalski tallied four goals and an assist leading the Evangel Heights Christian Academy soccer team to a 7-0 win over American Spirit Academy Thursday at the Beaver Creek Soccer Complex.
Evangel Heights (13-2) scored four goals in the first half and three more goals in the second half in recording the victory.
The American Spirit Academy soccer team huddles during a timeout on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
With the loss, the Warriors dropped to 1-3 on the season.
"We did much better in our last game," American Spirit Academy head coach Tim Connor said.
Also for the Eagles, Austin Bradford delivered a goal and an assist, Paul Caporali produced a goal and Jacob Santucci collected a goal.
Austin MacGregor and Austin Malencia each contributed two assists, and Thomas Olean added one.
The Eagles used two goalies in the game. Eli Harvey and Jacob Bogaczyk combined to make six saves.
Evangel thad 19 shots on goal in the game.
"That is the best team in the league," Connor said. "They are probably the best team we are going to play all year.
"We play Heartland Christian tomorrow. It is local rival, I expect us to do much better against them.
"Today, our kids fought really hard against a bigger and stronger team."
The Warriors also used two goalies in the game. Will Martin started, and he was replaced by Joe Langdon in the second half. Martin made eight saves, while Langdon finished with four.
"Our goalies did an excellent job," Connor said. "They are both seniors, and they are both being good leaders."
American Spirit Academy managed to get some pressure on the Evangel defense, but the Eagles controlled the ball on the Warriors' end of the field for the majority of the game.
The Eagles were helped by having a deep bench. Evangel has 21 players listed on its roster, and the visitors were able to make constant substitutions to keep their players fresh, while the Warriors became a little wore out.
Despite the deficit, the American Spirit Academy players continued to battle until the final whistle blew to end the game.
"I want to thank the school and the parents for their support," Connor said. "There is a lot that needs to be done, and they all pitch in and help the players and the team. All the players talk about how great the family atmosphere is here."
American Spirit Academy plays today at 4:30 p.m. against Heartland Christian back at Beaver Creek.