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March 30, 2010 3:31 am

Soccer road warriors

Written by Tribune Staff

Boys' soccer outscores foes 26-0

Goals came early and often for Powell High School over the weekend as the Panther boys' soccer program blasted Newcastle, 12-0, to open the year, then delivered a 14-0 hurt at Torrington less than 24 hours later.

The results send Powell into the Easter break with a 2-0 record in full-length games.

“This is a great group of kids,” said Panther soccer coach Pat D'Alessandro. “We got a lot of quality time from the kids on the sidelines and there wasn't a lot of drop off in the intensity.”

Jason Rand and Drayson Bratt each netted four goals in the team's opener Friday at Newcastle. The pair was back at it again on Saturday as Bratt accounted for four of the Panthers' 14 goals and Rand added three more to his season count.

Reed Hackworth narrowly missed joining the pair with hat trick honors on Saturday. After scoring a pair of goals, Hackworth's try for his third buzzed the side of the goal frame with roughly 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Monte Nickles added a pair of goals off corner kicks from his defensive spot.

“We scored five goals off corner kicks this weekend, which is great,” said D'Alessandro. “That's such an important part of the game because you can script plays and execute them. We spend a lot of time there in practice and it was nice to see that work pay some dividends.”

Cooper Wise also finished as a multiple goal scorer by putting a pair of shots into the back of the net. Dewey Schwahn added a corner-kick goal and Jesse Pomeroy earned his first career varsity goal in the second half.

“The down side to the weekend was that we definitely didn't get tested,” said D'Alessandro. “We'll be going into the Cody game a bit untested in the back, so we'll have to really focus on making sure we're ready to communicate back there over the next week and a half. We also didn't get the ball out to our flanks as much as we'd like, partly because things were coming so easily for us down the middle of the field.”

The Panthers are out of action until a week from Thursday, when the team travels to face Cody.

“I was impressed with the way so many kids were able to demonstrate that they'll contribute at the varsity level this season,” said D'Alessandro. “We're still learning about which combinaitons of players are our best. We showed this weekend that we can mix and match a lot."