The first hat trick for Washington soccer came Monday in the first round of pool play at the Hillsboro Tournament Monday.
The Blue Jays (4-5) started off their bid to win the tournament for a second year by defeating De Soto (0-6) 10-0, led by three goals from Jeremiah Collins.
Among Collins’ goals was a header in the 65th minute that ended the game via the mercy rule. Collins also had two assists two assists.
Marcus Berariu and Matt Ruth notched two goals apiece. Conlan Jarvis, Gabe Lopez and Zach Subke each scored as well.
Jarvis, Jake Fregalette and Jared Lopez recorded two assists apiece. Subke had one.
Seven of the 10 goals came in the first half.
“We played phenomenally, but Desoto never seemed too interested,” Head Coach Derek Schriewer said. “We talked before the game about playing very tactically while maintaining possession. We did very well in that regard.”
Ottmar Escalante (2-4)picked up the win in the net, splitting time with Christian Longseth (2-1) for the combined shutout. Neither one had to attempt a save in the contest as the Jays controlled the possession and took 25 shots at the Dragons goalkeeper Dakota Lett, who stopped 60 percent of them.
The Jays have remaining pool play matchups with Festus (2-6) Wednesday and SLUH’s junior varsity (1-2-2) Friday before the trophy round on Saturday.
The Jays fell to 2-2 in the Gateway Athletic Conference Central Friday with a 5-0 loss on the road at Holt (5-3, 3-1) Friday.
“The last of 3 GAC games in 3 days and it was a rough one,” Schriewer said. “We had the chance with a win to move to 1st in GAC but we played what seems to be the best team in the conference.”
Escalante took the loss in the net for the Jays, saving 13 of 18 attempts.
“Ended as a 5-0 loss but the game was defined more by our attrition than their performance,” Schriewer said. “Because Christian had tweaked something in the FZS game night before, Ottmar was in goal despite a tailbone injury that made him wince with every play. Gave up a goal in opening five minutes on a rather impressive 40-yard free kick and another just 10 minutes into the half. We showed some resolve and kept it 2-0 at half with several chances to make it 2-1. But at half we had several players unable to continue and that trend continued the entire second half. Despite 19 guys traveling with us, we finished with 12 available and most on the field had ‘jello’ legs as they were describing it. One of those tough games that make us tougher than other teams by end of year.”
Sam Rowan led the Indians with two goals. Rowan currently leads the conference with 12 goals on the season.
Goalkeepers Patrick Donaldson and Brandon Lacke combined to shut out the Jays, making three saves apiece.
Washington falls to third in the conference standings with the loss. Holt and Wentzville Liberty are tied for the conference lead.