The Central Indians set the tone for this upcoming soccer season after closing out their first game with a 3-0 victory over the Bishop LeBlond Golden Eagles.
The game started off with the Indians coming in strong by getting possession over the ball within the first two minutes. The boys had taken two shots at the very beginning, but fell short. Central didn’t let this stop their energy as Bual Tin Thang quickly snuck in the first goal only six minutes into the first half. Thang kicked in one more goal less than four minutes from the previous one.
The Eagles strengthened their defense and kept the Indians from scoring again in the first half.
As the second half started, the score on the board had yet to change until the 57th minute. Alexander Steward made a penalty kick, putting the score at 3-0 and ending the scoring streak there.
Both teams this year welcomed in new head coaches. Bishop LeBlond’s coach Perrin Jungbluth said that despite the loss, he was proud of how his team did.
“I’m very pleased with our effort and I’m pleased with how we settled down after the first 10 minutes,” Jungbluth said. “ I wish we had a couple of our players a little healthier. From that standpoint, I think we would’ve had a few more opportunities that way, but really overall, I’m very pleased with how we played.”
Indians coach Craig Vulgamott said the win was a nice start to the season and there wasn’t much more he could ask for out of his boys.
“I thought it was a nice little win,” Vulgamott said. “We got the kinks out and it was a good opportunity to get on the field and apply what we’ve been practicing. It was nice to see them put things to work.
Steward said he was excited to be back on the field, back in conditioning and is looking forward to the season as a whole. Central senior Andrew Brunner is mainly looking forward to playing against some bigger teams in the Kansas City area.
The matches took place in the City Round Robin at Benton High School. The game that took place before was played by the Benton Cardinals and the Lafayette Irish, with Benton winning by a final score of 8-0.