Swanton boys soccer used a relentless offensive attack, led by senior Josh Adcock who finished with five goals, to defeat Waite 12-1 in a home contest Thursday.
“Overall, we got seven guys involved in scoring so it’s not one guy doing everything,” said Swanton first-year coach Rob Upham. “We’ve got another handful (involved) in assisting. So overall we are in good shape.”
It did take the Bulldogs nearly eight minutes to notch their first goal of the game when Adcock got to a loose ball in front and buried it in the right side of the net, but from there they continued to tack on.
At the 27:05 mark of the opening half, Tanner Prentice made it 2-0 with a long shot from just outside the penalty area.
Adcock would score his second goal of the half on a nice feed from Riley Hensley and the Dogs led 3-0 with 23 minutes remaining in the half.
“He is just (in) the right place (at the) right time,” said Upham of Adcock. “That’s 90 percent of his work. That’s where he gets in. He gets in short into the six and gets something flying across.”
Hensley then put one in of his own at the 17:32 mark, burying it in the left corner of the net.
The Dogs scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes to take a 6-0 lead into halftime. First it was Gabe Burres who lofted one over Waite’s goalkeeper at the 1:52 mark, then it was Zack Schaller who beat the goalie to a slow rolling ball, elluded him and knocked it home.
With such a significant lead, coach Upham did use that opportunity to use many players off the bench. However, the depth of his squad makes it hard deciding who needs to see more playing time and who can afford to sit in that situation.
“We are solid all the way,” he said on the depth of his team. “A lot of people talk about depth, but we’ve got a really big depth problem. Because we’ve got five juniors sitting and a senior sitting just ready to come in after anybody else.
“It is not a problem, but it is when you are trying to coach and trying to get (more guys in).”
Adcock scored his third goal of the game just under four minutes into the second half, then added a fourth at the 32:31 mark before Waite finally got on the board to put the margin at 8-1.
Shortly after the Indians’ goal, Adcock made it 9-1 with a goal right in front of the net.
Hensley, Nick Koback, and Noah Kokensparger also added goals to equal the final tally.
Swanton (5-0) now has a crucial NWOAL match-up on the road at last year’s league champion, Archbold, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010