CLAYTON — West Carrollton didn’t stand a chance Tuesday when the Pirates invaded Good Samaritan Stadium at Northmont High School.
Second year Northmont Coach John Boucuvalas had his team primed and ready to play and the Thunderbolts showed no mercy in their season opener with a 9-0 victory over the Pirates. Northmont scored early and often with Andrew Dorsten netting the first goal. Blake Treherne scored back to back goals to boost the Thunderbolts’ lead to 3-0, a lead they held at halftime.
“I think we’ve had a good preseason and we’ve been testing out what we are capable of,” Boucuvalas said. “This is a good opening game for us to stretch our legs a little bit and give out offense a chance to get some experience.”
Indeed, the offense was firing on all cylinders as the scoring barrage continued when play resumed in the second half.
Only 32 seconds into the half Jacob Winchester tallied the fourth goal of the evening. Chris Okos scored with 25:39 remaining, Matt Wysong scored at 21:18, Jon Mourouzis at 17:09 off an assist by Matt Eilerman, followed by Wysong scoring his second goal of the night with 8:41 remaining and Garrett Boeckman capped the scoring with 7:33 left in the contest.
Despite his team’s lopsided victory, Boucuvalas stated that he and his coaching staff have adopted a different approach this year in preparing their athletes for the season.
“We’re taking things real slow this year, baby steps, and we’re trying to develop a lot of maturity and consistency in our play,” Boucuvalas said. “The team has really come together well and I feel like they represent the school with a lot of skill and class, and I think it showed tonight.”
Northmont’s next game will be on the road at Cincinnati La Salle.
“Now next game will be a true test… a test of our ability to play under stressful conditions, but I am real pleased with our preparation this year. This is one of the better prepared teams that I’ve worked with,” Boucuvalas added.
He has been coaching high school soccer for 16 years, the last two at Northmont, the large majority as former head coach at Fairmont High School.
The Thunderbolts will return home to host Troy on Tuesday, August 26 then travel to Springboro on Thursday to face the Panthers.