(COVINGTON, La.) — The varsity Soccer Wolves dominated No. 2 Dutchtown 4-1, including a pair of wonder goals scored by senior Ben Schwing and senior Jimmy Till.
The first half opened with a stifling high press by Dutchtown that kept St. Paul’s offense at bay in the opening minutes. The Wolves found themselves a goal down after a rare defensive error led to a fast break goal by Dutchtown’s Zayne Zezluka. To get the Wolves back into their stride, Coach Sean Moser subbed senior Daniel Nuñez into the midfield. Nuñez provided a calm presence to facilitate possession and stabilized the team.
After a good run of play, Till scored what will be remembered as one of the most spectacular goals ever made at Hunter Stadium. Following a cleared corner, the ball was blasted through the air and rocked the uprights, leaving the goalkeeper hopelessly stranded in place.
At the half, the wolves regrouped and took control of the game with their iconic suffocating attacking style. It only took 11 minutes for St. Paul’s to find themselves ahead by another outrageous finish. Senior Captain Michael Dufour flicked the ball on to Schwing at the 29 yard-line. Schwing launched an unbelievable curling shot into the upper corner 32 yards away. “I was in disbelief. I just ran on to the track and jumped onto the railing. I knew I could have gotten a yellow card, but it was just one of those moments,” said Schwing.
For the rest of the match, the Wolves had the lion’s share of possession. They managed to see out the victory with two goals in quick succession by Nuñez and junior Ashton Mouton, completing the rout of Dutchtown. Dufour ended the night with two assists, one for Ben Schwing’s rocket curler and the other a beautiful chip over the defense to Daniel Nuñez.
Dutchtown proved stiff competition for the state champions, but the Wolves asserted themselves to be the best in the state. Conceding an early goal and facing a frustrating midfield block can often lead to frustrating one-one draws or, worse, a one-nil loss, but the mental fortitude and champion mentality that the Wolves brought to the match turned it into a goal fest. St. Paul’s Soccer action continues over the Thanksgiving holiday as the Wolves travel to St. Amant on Nov. 25 and return to Hunter Stadium on Nov. 26 against Lakeshore.