A six-goal first half Tuesday afternoon propelled the Winfield High School boys soccer team to an 8-2 victory against Towanda-Circle in AV-CTL D-III action on the pitch at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
Sophomore Zach Hammar recorded a natural hat trick in the first half and finished with four goals. Junior Julien Washington added three assists.
“This was good for us; we were able to get into offensive attack mode, which we didn’t do much of against Rose Hill,” WHS coach Charles Osen said. “Zach Hammar in space is really fun to watch. His third goal was a great hit from about 30 yards out. He is a fun player to watch in our league.”
Hammar put the Vikings (6-6-1, 2-2 AV-CTL D-III) on the board midway through the first half off a feed from junior Kyan Towles.
Washington sent a feed to Hammar about 10 minutes later to make it 2-0, and Hammar notched the hat trick six minutes later unassisted.
“Julien Washington played a very unselfish game,” Osen said. “He was able to get behind their defense with his speed and he was constantly looking for his teammates in the 18-yard box. He honestly should have had a couple more assists had we finished some shots.”
Senior Albert Compala made it 4-0 with 8:39 left in the first half, but the Thunderbirds (0-12, 0-5) responded less than a minute later Michael Fajarda scored on a breakaway.
Compala scored his second goal of the game 19 seconds later, but Fajarda bent a free kick into the net at the 1:50 mark of the half.
Washington hooked up with Hammar with 34 seconds left in the half to send Winfield into the intermission ahead 6-2.
Towles scored midway through the second half and sophomore Tre Thiel capped the scoring at the 7:22 mark off a pass from Washington.
Jackson Palmer finished with three saves in goal for the Vikings, who outshot Circle 35-10.
“I thought our defense did a pretty good job,” Osen said. “They have some speed up top and when they dump it over our backline and run onto it, Jackson Palmer was there to kick it away. I thought he made some really nice saves for us. He continues to get better.”
Senior Leyton Doak, who is lost for the season after an injury earlier this season in practice, stepped onto the pitch as a starter on Senior Day. He checked out after the first stoppage of play.
“I really wanted Leyton to get one last start in our final home game,” Osen said. “He is such a great presence and leader on our team. His family continues to support our entire team. I was glad to hear his name one last time on the public address.”
The Vikings end the regular season with road games today at Goddard, Monday at El Dorado and next Tuesday at Buhler.
Winfield 8, Towanda-Circle 2
W — Zach Hammar (Kyan Towles), 25:42.
W — Hammar (Julien Washington), 16:26.
W — Hammar (unassisted), 10:38.
W — Albert Compala (unassisted), 8:39.
C — Michael Fajarda (unassisted), 7:41.
W — Compala (unassisted), 7:22.
C — Fajarda (free kick), 1:50.
W — Hammar (Washington), 0:34.
W — Towles (unassisted), 22:16.
W — Tre Thiel (Washington), 7:12.
Goalkeepers — Circle, Ledbetter (7 saves). Winfield, Jackson Palmer (3 saves), Caden Jones (0 saves). Total Shots — Circle 10, Winfield 35. Fouls — Circle 5, Winfield 6. Corner kicks — Circle 3, Winfield 1.