SYCAMORE – The Sycamore boys soccer team thrashed the Plano Reapers, 11-0, in their first matchup as conference foes.
The Spartans dominated from the opening kick, scoring all 11 goals in the first half.
“One of the things that we do well this year is that we have a lot of speed and a lot of size,” Spartans coach David Bachta said. “It’s nice to be able to see that clicking.”
The Spartans (5-2 overall, 2-0 Interstate Eight) jumped on the Reapers early, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of the game.
Sycamore’s Olek Clark opened the scoring with a rebound shot hitting sharply into the back of the net with 37:20 remaining in the half.
“We always tell them to win the second ball,” Bachta said. “You may not be able to win the first ball, but if you can win the second ball and keep possession, then you’ll be successful.”
Less than two minutes later, Caden Carl nailed a long shot from outside the box over the fingertips of the Plano goalie.
Miles Guiborat knocked another goal in for the Spartans less than a minute later for a quick 3-0 lead.
“It feels really nice because we’ve tried very hard in practice,” Guiborat said. “Just to have the chemistry and put together what the coach is having us work on feels pretty good.”
After the Guiborat goal, Plano (2-4-1, 0-2-1) switched up goalkeepers, but the result was the same.
Despite making diving save after diving save, Plano goalkeeper Estevan Cervantes just didn’t have time to get the Spartans’ rebound shots.
“I appreciate the heads-up play that we did,” Plano coach Tom Dean said. “It’s easy to get demoralized, it’s easy to lose your cool, but I think for the most part we kept our composure. That’s part of life.”
The Spartans put together another burst of goals starting later in the half. Guiborat scored his second goal of the game at 21:03, followed by an Austin Bunge shot 40 seconds later.
Clark struck again less than a minute later for his second goal of the game. Guiborat followed up with his third goal at 19:35 in the first half.
Clark finished up his hat trick with 11:10 left in the half with the Spartans up, 8-0, at that point.
By the numbers: Alec Garcia and Jared Gliesman also had goals for the Spartans. Cervantes had seven saves for the Reapers.
Beyond the stats: The Spartans got a chance to play on their new field for the first time this year. The field received major upgrades since last season.
They said it: “They’ve spent a lot of time and money on it for us,” Guiborat said. “It’s easy to pass on. It’s just like playing on turf. It’s real nice.”
Up next: Sycamore travels to Ottawa on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.. Plano plays Morris at home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.