After scoring a goal in the opening minute, Central’s soccer team failed to find the back of the net for the remainder of the contest, and fell to Staley 4-1, on Monday night at The Den.

In just 53 seconds after the opening kickoff, Indian senior Bual Tin Thang was able to get down the field and score to give them a brief lead.

“So we came out and executed our plan pretty well,” Central head coach Craig Vulgamott said. “We were able to get the ball out wide and got a lot of off-ball movement and get it to one of our guys and he made a great play on the ball.”

Although Central was able to get a quick score to start off the contest, Staley’s defense came to play for the remainder of the night. The Falcons took advantage of the Indians mistakes, and continued to make big defensive stops throughout the game.

“We started putting them in great position to have great opportunities and they were capitalizing on it. Defensively, they were just playing smart and clearing the ball way from us and keeping us from making plays on it,” Vulgamott said.

After trailing 0-1, Falcons senior Jared Kinate scored back-to-back goals in the seventh and 20th minutes. Kinate finished the contest with a hat trick and an assist.

“Jared has been good all year, and he plays a position that he can’t be dangerous if his teammates aren’t dangerous in giving him the ball in the places he needs,” Staley head coach Johnny Chain said. “It’s nice that we all played together, but he just got the byproduct of finishing goals, which is his job to do as well.”

Following two goals by Kinate, sophomore Michael Theoharidis scored the third goal in the first half for the Falcons with nearly five minutes remaining. In a low-scoring second half, Kinate was able to complete his hat trick by scoring his third goal of the night eight minutes in, giving Staley a commanding 4-1 lead and eventual victory.

“We talk a lot about being focused and playing a full 80 minutes, and I think we snuck in a solid 79 minutes today. After we gave up that goal in the first minute, our guys played pretty resilient for the rest,” Chain said.

This was more than just a typical regular season game, as both teams are in the same district and conference in the Suburban Red and the Class 4 District 16.

“Anytime we can get a conference win and a district win, it’s a good day for us. We talk a lot about competing, and I think we did a good job on competing tonight,” Chain said.

Staley moves on to 4-5-2 for the season, as Central falls back to .500 at 4-4. The Indians will look to bounce back from Monday night’s loss at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when they head to Truman.

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