The Maryville College Men's Soccer squad opened up their 2019 campaign with a bang on Friday night, as the Scots thrashed Southern Virginia University, 5-0, in the Bicentennial Kick-off Classic.
The Scots scored a pair of goals in the first half and a pair of goals in the second, as they were aided by an own goal in the 5-nil victory.
"It's a good way to start," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "I thought there was some good things. A lot of people got to play. We have a lot of things to work on. It's a little bit of a different system that we normally play, and we worked on it some in the spring and preseason. We were a little out of sorts, but it was nice to see a variety of people scoring. It was nice to see a lot of the younger players get out there and play. All three goalkeepers are going to be really good, and it's going to be a battle there."
The four goals scored by Maryville were spread amongst four players, as five different upperclassmen reached the scoring column. That included three seniors and a pair of juniors, while Jared Tomson scored his first collegiate goal as a freshman.
"It's great to have that senior leadership," Fernandez said. "They come out and get the job done. They win the game for you, and that's really what they do. Tomson scoring his first goal, I think it's great. He's kind of a legend in Watertown where he's from. He scored some crazy amount of goals last year, and he got out there and played 10-15 minutes, and he got a goal. That gets you into playing time if you can do that."
Aaron Rucker, Trevor McDonald and Jameson Elmore – all upperclassmen – scored goals for the Scots, while Gavin Dougherty and Johnny Rakhmonberdiev each added assists. Rahkmonberdiev had a pair of assists on the night, as Tomson added the fourth goal.
Maryville College got on the board early in the 14th minute of play. Dougherty crossed a ball into the box, as McDonald collected it. The senior right-footed it into the lower-right corner from 5 yards out. With 13:53 showing, the Scots led 1-0.
At 37:08, Maryville would strike again. Rucker collected a hard pass from Rahkmonberdiev with his left foot, popping the ball into the air. He promptly right-footed it into the lower left of the net for a 2-nil Maryville lead at the break.
The Scots got on the board again in the 71st minute. Elmore collected his first goal of the season, as he gathered a Rahkmonberdiev shot. The junior's shot was deflected from the 18-yard mark, as Elmore gathered it on the left side. He placed in the lower left from inside 5 yards for a 3-0 Maryville advantage.
Maryville had the help of an own goal in the 73rd minute, before Tomson's first collegiate goal made if 5-nil in the 87th minute. He collected it from 30-yards out, making a pair of defenders miss. The freshman deflected it off the keeper and into the net from 15 yards for the 5-0 victory.
Maryville College (1-0) was led by Rahkmonberdiev's pair of assists, while Rucker, Tomson and Elmore made their single shots on goal each count. McDonald had a score on two shots on goal, while Dougherty tallied an assist.
Luke Semann earned the win with 45:45 in goal, as he tallied a pair of saves. Carter McAdoo had a trio of saves in just over 14 minutes, while Mykal Manfred helped secure the shutout in 30:02 in goal.
For Southern Virginia (0-1), Jacob Solis took the loss, allowing a pair of goals with eight saves in 60:44.
Zach Martin and Kanon Heaton led the way with six of the Knights' 12 shots.
The Scots return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 31. The take on Randolph College on the MC pitch with a 6:00 p.m. first touch.