Winfield High School junior Zach Hammar recorded a hat trick for the fourth game in a row Tuesday night in a 10-3 pounding of winless El Dorado in AV-CTL Division II-IV action on the pitch at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
Senior Julien Washington added two goals and might have had a hat trick had the Vikings (6-4, 2-1 AV-CTL D-III-IV) not emptied the bench.
“Overall, very pleased with how we came out and played after a late night Monday in Chanute,” WHS coach Charles Osen said. “I thought we worked on some things that can make us better. And we played a lot of JV in the game, which is great. It gave them a chance to really experience varsity soccer and it gave our starters a bit of rest.”
El Dorado has been outscored 87-4 this season, 76-0 against teams other than the Vikings. Winfield defeated the Wildcats 11-1 on Sept. 11 in the seventh-place game at the Goddard/Campus Tournament.
“I credit El Dorado for playing hard the entire 80 minutes,” Osen said. “I know they are a young program with a new head coach. They had success late against us. I think that will show our JV how competitive the varsity level is and they will only get better because of it.”
Hammar needed less than two minutes to score his first goal, off a feed from Washington. Hammar netted two more within a minute of each other early in the second half before taking a seat.
Senior Micah Greenlee made it 2-0 with a goal off a pass from junior Monte James eight minutes in.
Senior Kyan Towles also had a two-goal game, scoring his first off a feed from Hammar midway through the first half before adding his second off an assist by senior Drake Lowe with 4:26 left in the first half to give the Vikings a 5-0 lead at the break.
Washington, who scored with 11:26 remaining in the first half, tallied his second off a feed from Lowe 13 minutes into the second half before the bench emptied.
Senior defender Erik Hamalainen, a foreign-exchange student from Finland got in on the fun with an unassisted goal from about 30 yards out midway through the second half. Hamalainen added another score less than two minutes later.
The Wildcats (0-8, 0-3) snapped the shutout against the junior varsity. Their first two goals came from Marc Alfaro and Affin Mora-Bruce. The third score was an own goal by the Vikings with 14 seconds left.
EJ Krug recorded seven saves in goal for the Wildcats, who did not have a shot on goal and were outshot 37-4.
“I was really happy for Micah and Cade (Hogan), as they made their first varsity starts,” Osen said. “They are four-year players that have worked hard for us. And then to see Micah use his left foot and find the back of the net, amazing. I think I was even happier with the reaction from the guys on the bench; they were so excited for Micah. That was great to see.”
Winfield 10, El Dorado 3
El Dorado 0 3 — 3
Winfield 5 5 — 10
W — Zach Hammar (Julien Washington), 38:14.
W — Micah Greenlee (Monte James), 34:20.
W — Kyan Towles (Hammar), 21:50.
W — Washington (unassisted), 11:26.
W — Towles (Drake Lowe), 4:26.
W — Hammar (unassisted), 29:49.
W — Hammar (unassisted), 28:47.
W — Washington (Lowe), 26:48.
W — Erik Hamalainen (unassisted), 20:00.
ED — Marc Alfaro (Free Kick), 19:10.
W — Hamalainen (unassisted), 18:13.
ED — Affin Mora-Bruce (unassisted), 9:30.
ED — Winfield own goal, credited to Mora-Bruce, 0:14.
Goalkeepers — El Dorado, EJ Krug (7 saves). Winfield, Jackson Palmer (0 saves), Luke Seidel (0 saves). Total Shots — El Dorado 4, Winfield 37. Corner Kicks — El Dorado 1, Winfield 13. Fouls — El Dorado 2, Winfield 0.