The Philomath High School boys soccer team evened its record in the Oregon West Conference Thursday with an 8-0 victory at Sweet Home.
The Warriors scored five goals in the game’s first 26 minutes.
“They were young,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said. “We focused on some developmental issues.”
Philomath sophomore Noah Aynes opened the scoring with a goal in the fifth minute. Sophomore Mark Grimmer was credited with an assist on the play. Junior Andrew Mecham scored nine minutes later with Grimmer again getting an assist.
The Warriors went up 3-0 in the 18th minute on a Grimmer goal. In the 22nd, freshman Chase Ringwald scored for a 4-0 lead. Four minutes later, junior Nick Stucki nailed a free kick from 22 yards out.
In the second half, Grimmer scored in the 48th minute with an assist to Mecham. Just a minute later, senior Luke Haslam found the net with Stucki getting the assist. Ringwald came up with his second goal in the 79th minute with an assist going to senior Jimmy Kildea.
Among the young players that saw a lot of action against the Huskies, Ellis said Ringwald and Seth Arthurs — both freshmen — had good minutes.
Philomath will play at home Tuesday against Cascade.
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Philomath 8, Sweet Home 0
Thursday at Sweet Home
PHILOMATH (2-2, 1-1) 5 3 — 8
SWEET HOME (0-3, 0-2) 0 0 — 0
First half — 1, Philomath, Noah Aynes (Mark Grimmer), 5th minute; 2, Philomath, Andrew Mecham (Grimmer), 14th minute; 3, Philomath, Grimmer, 18th minute; 4, Philomath, Chase Ringwald, 22nd minute; 5, Philomath, Nick Stucki, 26th minute.
Second half — 6, Philomath, Grimmer (Mecham), 48th minute; 7, Philomath, Luke Haslam (Stucki), 49th minute; 8, Philomath, Ringwald (Jimmy Kildea), 78th minute.
Note: Sweet Home does not have a JV team.