SAVANNAH, Mo. — Savannah continues into conference play in style, led by a five-goal game by senior Kyle Johnson, breezing to a 9-0 shutout of MEC rival Lafayette on Wednesday at Savannah High School.

By halftime, Johnson already had secured a hat trick and came away with an assist on a second-period goal to sophomore Andy Romero.

Savannah dominated possession of the ball for the majority of the contest, playing most of the game in Irish (1-8) territory and even threatening a mercy rule as it pushed for a 10-goal victory in the

final seconds.

Coach Jeff O’Neal saw a team that finally capitalized on their opportunities.

“We played the ball real well. We were able to move the ball around in the first half with a striker up over top, who was able to get some good shots on goal,” O’Neal said. “Setting that up is something that we’ve been a lot this year, so we did a good job of playing the ball wide, getting it through and then attacking it. It was nice being able to spread them out and get those passing lanes.”

With district playoffs around the corner, Savannah (9-5) looks healthier and aims to play as a more cohesive unit in the postseason.

“We need to continue on what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks. We’re getting healthy and it’s a great time of year for that,” O’Neal said. “The biggest thing though, is we got to believe in each other and be able to play with each other as a team. I think we’ll bring up the intensity, because it’s the end of the season and everyone will be doing that, and as long as we can get together we’ll do great.”

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