Washington soccer kept itself in the running for the Gateway Athletic Conference title Tuesday with a home win against Ft. Zumwalt North.
The Blue Jays (12-7, 3-2) trail Wentzville Liberty and Holt (both 5-1 in league play) by 1.5 games after beating the Panthers (2-13, 0-6), 6-2. Washington followed up Wednesday with a shutout victory against Union (3-11), 5-0.
“We need to win out for a legitimate chance at the title, but we have belief its possible,” Washington Head Coach Derek Schriewer said. “FZN has had a down year but we knew they wouldn’t be easy to beat after a mere 1-0 win away early in (the) year.”
Conlan Jarvis led the Blue Jays attack throughout the game, going beyond a hat trick with a career-high four goals. He recorded his first career hat trick less than a week prior in a 40-minute contest with Affton at the CYC Tournament.
Jarvis’ first goal of the contest opened the scoring and Marcus Berariu made it 2-0.
“I told the boys before the game that keeping a shutout in these conditions is very difficult,” Schriewer said. It rained during the contest. “We found another to go up 2-0 when Marcus struck a jumping volley in the net. Before we knew it FZN slid a through ball that skipped its way from half field to their No. 11 (Thomas) DeAvilla who sprinted to meet the ball at top of box and put it past Christian (Longseth). Suddenly its a 2-1 game despite our dominance.”
Jarvis added tow more before the half, providing all the offense the Jays would need.
Longseth allowed one more goal in the second half off a 40-yard shot that skipped off the wet grass and off his shoulder into the net. He saved 12-14 chances to earn his seventh win of the season.
Jarvis scored his final goal and Jeremiah Collins added one as well to seal the win.
Collis, Berariu and Andrew Eckelkamp were each credited with one assist.
Longseth and Ottmar Escalante combined for their third shared shutout of the season Wednesday as the Jays hosted the Wilcats.
“Against Union, we played a solid game versus a competitive team,” Schriewer said. “We were playing our third game in three days and had found a good rhythm in possession over the last two games with 15 goals scored. We shuffled our starting lineup a little bit after a few players were tardy, but fielded a strong squad including freshman Carter Kleekamp in (center midfielder). He’s been playing great on JV and had made several appearances with (the varsity) throughout the year where he has shown the quality to play varsity soccer.”
After 10 minutes of scoreless soccer, Matt Ruth passed to Collins in front of the net for the opening score.
Jarvis then added his 18th goal of the season. A second goal from Collins and one from Zach Subke made it 4-0 at intermission.
“Within one minute of (the) second half we found a fifth (goal) through a great strike by Jake Fregalette as he bent it inside the far post,” Schriewer said. “He’s been having a great year and was nice to see him find the back of the net on a pretty goal. ...We finished the game 5-0 as we found time to debut some good freshmen and build chemistry among a younger backline in our system. Great night for WHS soccer, present and future. ”
Ruth, Trent Lucas, Berariu and Jared Lopez were each credited with an assist against Union.
Union statistics were not available as of deadline.