On an afternoon in stark contrast to yesterday’s, Severance was able to handle Mountain View by a winning score of 7-0. After four minutes, Jahaziel scored the first goal (rocketship left-footed finish), his fourth of the season, and it seemed that the flood gates would open up for the Severance offense. However, the Mountain View goal was seemingly covered by Saran Wrap as chance after chance went begging for the Silver Knights. At half time, the score was only 1-0.
Although frustrated by the lack of goals, Severance remained confident and took care of business (with the wind) in the second half. Jahaziel was quick to strike again and was once again assisted by Junior Jesus Sanchez off of a smooth back heel flick from the No. 10. In the next five minutes, Jahaziel would score twice more with assists coming from Mason Martinez (2) and Sky Consol. The fifth goal came from Kyler Lutz, his second of the year, after his previous attempt saw him being catapulted over the Mountain View goalkeeper and subsequently face-planting into the turf. Kyler was removed from the game upon further evaluation of said face-plant. The final two goals came from the same player and one of our players who is not particularly known for his goal scoring. Quniton Barkey opened his career goalscoring tally with a top-bins one-time far post finish from 30 yards out that stunned the Mountain View goalie and the entire Severance sideline. This goal was assisted by midfielder Caleb Koeller. Quinton struck again from distance off of a turnover that wound up using the wind to chip the keeper and that was that.
Tomorrow, Severance faces #1 ranked Niwot (ranked #1 in 4A). This will be on our home turf and it offers an opportunity for Severance to show everyone that, while our record may not show it, we can play with anyone. It will be a challenge but if our leaders step up, this could be a lot of fun. Can we send a message now? Or will we have to wait for next year? These next three games will give us the answer after the Tuesday disappointment vs Riverdale Ridge.