GLASGOW – Things escalated quickly during Monday night’s contest between Glasgow and Barren County as the Scotties scored two goals in the first five minutes of the match.
The Trojans were never able to recover, and Glasgow came out on top with a 8-1 victory.
“We have been working on trying to figure out our offense,” Coach Ken Mahung said. “We knew our defense had developed because it improved a lot. Our offense just wasn’t clicking. We made some changes tonight and obviously it made a huge difference.”
Seven different players scored in what would prove to be a true team effort from the Scotties. Sophomore Grant Gatlin scored multiple goals in the contest as connected on strikes in both the first and second half.
However, it was senior Edson Lopez who scored first for Glasgow. On the Scotties opening possession, Lopez capitalized on an easy strike right in front of the net.
After scoring just five goals in the past three games, Monday night’s eight-goal effort from Glasgow was a drastic change in offensive play.
“We changed our formation,” coach Mahung said. “We made changes with some players. We actually have three of our players out sick with strep throat – two of which are starters. It shows that when the team is clicking, we will be alright.”
Jackson Bower, the Scotties’ leading goal scorer, gave Glasgow its second goal in the first five minutes. Gatlin would add his first at the 24:30 mark, and Benjamin Shireman added his first score of the season with just 13 minutes left in the half.
The blowout was a stark difference from the first time these teams met back on Aug. 15 where the Scotties only defeated the Trojans by a score of 4-2.
“I feel like we just moved more (compared to then),” Gatlin said of the difference. “We just noticed each other more, and we are passing better. It was just better all-around. We got our heads in the right place, and we just started working harder. We got a lot more serious.”
Barren County managed to score their one goal in the match right before halftime. Sophomore Aden Nyekan got the Trojans on the board after capitalizing on a long strike from 20 yards away.
Coming into the match, Nyekan had scored 21 of Barren County’s 26 goals of the season, which is good for two goals a game. However, the sophomore only got a couple of looks at the net in the match.
“We didn’t do nothing special,” coach Mahung said. “We don’t really focus on one player. The way we play defense – everything we do is as a team. We’re playing better team defense, and because of that we shut him off.”
The second half was the same story for both teams. The Scotties tacked on four more goals, and the Trojans never got their star player any solid looks.
Gatlin scored his second goal just seven minutes into the half. He was followed by scores from Jonathan Cipriano, Yahir Molina and Andres Ramirez. It was Ramirez’s first goal of the season as coach Mahung was able to give plenty of playing time to most of his players.
“It gives us a lot of rest,” he said. “We have a game again on Wednesday so we need to rest. At least we were able to get our other players in there and get them experience. We were able to rest our starters, and of course it's a big confidence boost.”
It was a very different story on the Trojan sideline. Coming into the matchup, Barren County had actually won five out of their last six games. However, they ran into the wrong team at the wrong time on Monday night.
“I’m at a loss for words really,” Barren County Coach Joe Mercer said. “We just came off a five-game winning streak, and this is not the team we were during those five games. We didn’t pass the ball like we have been. It just looked completely different. Typically, you don’t see that against your cross-town rival.”
The Trojans will look to rebound Tuesday night as they take on Monroe County in Glasgow at 5:30 p.m. The Scotties will try to keep their momentum moving forward as they will play Hart County next on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. in Glasgow.