Veterans’ boys (12-1-1), Head Coach Matthew Roth said, were actually down 1-0 10 minutes into their game.
“It was clear that we have been on spring break this past week,” he said, but adding: “We somehow managed to fight back and get two before halftime (2-1 half). We got our legs back in the second half and played like we’re supposed to.”
He added: “I think they were all a little disappointed with how things went in the first half so I challenged them to improve their effort and intensity in the second half.”
Elijah Milteer had a hat trick for Veterans while Cody Scarborough and Nick Andersen each scored two. D.J. Garrett and Sean Joiner added one each.
Nick Andersen had two assists, Casey Zwitch, John Pilcher, Joiner, Carl Killingsworth and Milteer one each.
As far as the girls, the Lady Warhawks (12-2-0) led 2-0 at the half. Sarah Lucas scored three goals. Khayla Owens netted two and Aspen Coggins and Alison Tribble one each.
“The whole offensive unit from the midfield forward is performing pretty well at this point in the year,” said Head Coach Chris Smith. “We have a variety of people that can score from a variety of positions. We are not trapped into only a few options. Our high scorers are also quick to use/support their teammates, making it difficult for defenders to find any pattern to our attacks. He added: “Our bench is deep so we can rotate a lot of players in and out to keep fresh legs on the field.”
The defense, he also added, only faltered once for a brief period of time – allowing the goal. It also allowed a few shots on goal, he said. But, “Rutland (10-4-0) has shown this year it could score on opponents.
“The girls are continuing to start slow in a game and build steam. By the time we are into the second half the girls are performing well. For the Rutland game I felt that we were at 50 percent of our performance capacity. However, we were more like 80 percent in the second half.
We still need to work on consistency throughout the game and avoiding the rare glaring mistakes altogether.”