After a regular season that began like a gentle breeze and then built up to raging whirlwind, the Missouri Military Academy varsity boys soccer team, 12-8 overall, began Class 2, District 8, on Tuesday at Christian in O'Fallon against Winfield, 7-14 overall.
Because the Colonels have a wealth of players from numerous different places, as a team they definitely play at a high tempo. Christian's strategy to contain that attack was to play as physical as they could on both sides of the field. But, when MMA found a way to deal with those tactics, it was smooth sailing from that point forward as the team pitched a defensive shutout to win 5-0.
"The guys played really well from start to finish and were able to match the physicality brought to the game by Winfield," said coach Liam Collins. "Donald Williams opened the scoring early in the first half with a good strike from the edge. Joao Souza doubled the lead before the half to put the Colonels up 2-0 going into the break."
After the break it was Jorge Garcia who extended the lead to three goals on a well-arced free kick. Kenny Kazoora then made it a 4-0 game with help from Gabriel Valesco and Souza added a well-placed shot for the Colonel's final score.
"The back four of Victor Leon, Cesar Pererra, Sergio Castelo, and Francisco Fletes coupled with goalkeeper Luis Merino did an excellent job of denying Winfield any good scoring opportunities," Collins said. "The Colonels advance to the finals and will face Living Word Christian School on Thursday for the district championship."