The Winfield High School boys soccer team returned to the pitch Monday afternoon, posting a 6-0 nonleague shutout of Chanute at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
The Vikings (5-4-1) led 3-0 at halftime.
“Great bounce-back game for us,” WHS coach Charles Osen said. “Coming off that tie versus Ark City, this is what we needed. I wasn’t sure what to expect — I gave the team Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, we have never played Chanute, we don’t play on many Monday nights, and the Chiefs were playing. So there was a whole lot I wasn’t sure of. But we were focused and fresh and I thought it showed right from the beginning.”
Julien Washington opened both halves with goals, the first 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
Zach Hammar and Kyan Towles both added first-half scores.
Washington’s second score came just one minute into the second half.
“Julien got both halves started in the right direction for us,” Osen said. “He has been playing midfield as well as wing and he is coming into his own. I thought early in the season he was pressing a bit while Kyan and Zach were scoring. Now Julien has three goals in two games. Julien is also setting up his teammates and our wings like Monte (James), Justin (Nguyen), Noah Heger and Garrett Smith are starting to contribute.”
Nguyen and James scored goals within three minutes of each other midway through the second half.
Jackson Palmer recorded three saves in goal for Winfield, teaming with Caden Jones to earn the shutout.
Drayton Cleaver stopped two shots in goal for the Comets (1-5).
The Vikings play Thursday at Augusta.
“Big game for us on Thursday. Augusta has a bunch of really talented players and numerous seniors,” Osen said. “They are a problem. We lost 5-2 last time, but it was a 3-2 game midway through the second half so we know we can play with them, but we cannot afford lapses, they will take advantage of them.”
Winfield 6, Chanute 0
W — Julien Washington (unassisted), 37:36.
W — Zach Hammar (unassisted), 20:16.
W — Kyan Towles (unassisted), 7:51.
W — Washington (unassisted), 38:57.
W — Justin Nguyen (unassisted), 26:15.
W — Monte James (unassisted), 22:54.
Goalkeepers — Chanute, Drayton Cleaver (2 saves). Winfield, Jackson Palmer (3 saves); Caden Jones (0 saves). Total Shots — Chanute 8, Winfield 14. Corner Kicks — Chanute 1, Winfield 4. Fouls — Chanute 1, Winfield 2.