Eight different goal scorers for West Forsyth along with a shutout from goalkeeper Carson Smith equaled an easy 15-0 win for the Wolverines over Dunwoody in the first round of the Class 6-7A state playoffs Thursday.
“We’re not selfish when the ball is in our offensive end,” West coach John Laden said. “I think it showed today as a lot of kids hit the back of the net.”
Leading the way for the Wolverines were JR Brockman and Chad Zapp, each with a hat trick (3 goals), while Jimmy Martelli, Preston Loughran and Josh Stone finished with two goals apiece. Martelli started the scoring for West with the first two goals of the contest.
West midfielder Richie Mohr keyed West’s fast start with a dominating performance in the face-off circle, winning the first five face-offs of the match.
Mohr would win a face-off, West would go down and score, rinse and repeat and Dunwoody was down 4-0 before they had a chance to catch their breath.
It was 11-0 at halftime and with a running clock for the entire second half, West let up a bit on offense, but not on defense.
“We played really good team defense tonight,” Laden said. “We won the ground ball war.”
As evidence to just how good the Wolverines’ defense played, their goalkeeper only had to make seven saves in the shutout. Although Smith made some excellent saves, West still had more than twice as many goals as Dunwoody had shots on goal.
The Wolverines’ smothering defense forced errant passes from Dunwoody all game long, and once the ball was on the ground, the Wolverines’ physicality and hustle were no match for the Wildcats.
West’s first appearance in the state playoffs couldn’t have started any better, but Laden knows things will only get tougher the further they advance.
“We’re excited about being here,” Laden said. “We’re just working as hard as we can every day to prepare for our next game.”
The Wolverines next game is Tuesday against the winner of Sprayberry and North Paulding.