It was a classic example of what Morris soccer coach David Valdivia calls “Redskins soccer.”
Getting two goals and an assist from Ricardo Del Toro, the Redskins maintained its unbeaten streak with nearby rival Coal City on Monday – taking out the Coalers, 5-0.
“We know that we have to respect every team going in, no matter what the records are,” Valdivia said.
“We have to play our game every time. You can’t take anything away from any team. The way I like to say it is that we have to play Redskins soccer.”
Jorge Gutierrez scored in the second minute of the nonconference match off an assist by Matt Thayer and Morris had immediately set the tone.
“It’s important to come out like that and make plays early and try to put the other team away,” Morris junior Nick Borgstrom said. “We came out and played our game.”
Morris scored again with 21:22 before half when Borgstrom scored off an assist from Del Toro, but it was the next two goals that all but sealed the deal for the Redskins.
The Redskins got a goal with 15:35 left before half on a goal by Del Toro that was assisted by Borgstrom.
And then another goal 21 seconds later when Nestor Rodriguez scored off an assist from Chava Villanueva.
“We knew going in that this was going to be tough, coming in and playing an undefeated team,” Coal City coach Todd Painter said.
“What really hurt us was giving up the two goals in 30 seconds. We were doing a good job of regrouping, but that took the air out of us.”
“We got ahead by two goals but when we put in those two, I think they were done after that,” Borgstrom said.
Del Toro scored the final goal of the game off an assist by Borgstrom at 3:48 before halftime.
“The first goal was a give and go with Ricardo Del Toro. I saw an opening outside the box and put it in,” Borgstrom said.
“The second was getting Ricardo back off a throw in and the last one was another good pass to Ricardo.”
There was no scoring in the second half.
“Our offense has just not been consistent. We are having trouble transitioning the ball,” Painter said.
“Our defense has gotten tougher game after game, but it was a little rough today. We made one mistake early and that seems to be happening all year.
“We’ll give up three or four goals in the first half and then shut the other team out in the second half.”
Coal City keeper Chase Mincey made 21 saves in the game and Morris goalie Brian Vasquez had two in the win.
The Coalers are now 1-10-1 on the season, and Morris improves to 8-0-2.