Stansbury outscored Tooele 6-0 in the second half Thursday to defeat the Buffaloes 9-1 on the Tooele pitch.
The hot Stallions improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 11 while the cold Buffaloes dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-3 in region.
“In previous years we had some good players and a supporting cast, but this year we have top players from front to back,” said Stansbury coach Brandon Andersen.
Stansbury’s Tyler Williams scored his fourth goal of the season about 12 minutes into the match after a long assist from Josh Meyer. At the 25-minute mark, Tarl Lewis rifled in a goal on a rebound shot to make it 2-0.
Most of the action throughout the game was in Tooele’s defensive zone, but the Buffaloes were able to get on the scoreboard at the 29-minute mark on free kick by Jackson Drake.
Stansbury responded quickly after the Tooele goal at the 30-minute mark with a goal to go up 3-1 at intermission. At the 48-minute mark Stansbury blitzed the box and Tooele scored and own-goal. Stansbury knocked in four more second-half goals before the end of the game.
Scoring goals were Kaden Kolb, Williams twice, Ian Thompson twice and Calyton Holdstock twice and Lewis
Registering assists for the afternoon were Rooney, Thompson, Kolb, Junior Calderon, Clayton Holdstock and Domenic Silvestri.
“They were packing seven or eight in the box in the first half so we had a difficult time scoring; we had to make some adjustments by shifting our offensive positions in the second half,” Anderson said. “We were able to double our shots on goal in the second half.”
The coach said his players are experienced this year and don’t need a lot of coaching during games. “We do push the kids pretty hard in practice to get them prepared. Another good part is we ‘re starting to see freshmen and sophomores contribute now with the varsity.”
Anderson said a 2-1 overtime victory at home over Grantsville was a wake-up call for his players. “Our guys just went out thinking they would easily win the game, and we missed a ton of shots in that game. We really can’t take any team for granted.”
The coach said he does not think the team’s strength of schedule or lack of it will hurt them in the playoffs because of the way they practice and the quality of players. Anderson said his team will be ready for the post-season. “We know we will face some very good teams in the playoffs, and we will be ready.”