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Woodridge boys soccer throttles Field

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: September 15, 2016 11:00 PM

Woodridge boys soccer continued its undefeated start to the season Sept. 15 by doing what has become common.

When the Bulldogs have faced Portage Trail Conference Metro Division opposition, they tend to dominate.

"Our philosophy about the conference is to score early and often, so we can get a lot of guys touches in game situations," said Woodridge coach Todd Hartong.

While it took awhile to really get rolling, Woodridge followed its philosphy well, running out 10-1 winners over Field at Lahoski Field.

Woodridge improved to 8-0, 3-0 in the Metro Division.

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Following its 2-0 win over St. Vincent-St. Mary Sept. 13, the Bulldogs offense looked to get untracked agaisnt the winless Falcons.

Things started well for the Bulldog when senior midfielder Caleb Whittaker headed home a cross in the sixth minute. The Bulldogs' leading scorer was on his way to a hat trick for the night.

Woodridge second goal also camee off a header in the 19th minute. Carter Hartong served a perfect ball into the box and defender Sam Reaman headed it into the net.

However, Field would get one back in the 23rd minute, thanks to a bad clearing ball from the Woodridge defense. Field forward Dante Hardin collected the ball and sent a lot shot into the net.

Woodridge seemed to be stunned by the Falcons' goal, but the Bulldogs' got rolling again in the 35th minute.

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Zach Kumar attempted to chip the ball over Falcon goalie Owen Hall. He beat Hall but not the crossbar, but Nolan Spencer grabbed the rebound and put it in the net.

In the 37th minute, Kumar fed a ball to Whittaker in the box and Whittaker ran through the Field defense before slotting it home to make it 4-1 at halftime.

Woodridge really blew it open with three goals in a four-minute span after halftime.

In the 46th minute, Kumar hit the crossbar again. This time, Dante Arstone crashed the net and headed the ball in.

In the 49th minute, Whittaker hit a low shot from inside the box the scooted under Hall and in.

Finallly in the 50th minute, after hitting the woodwork twice, Kumar ran onto a pass from Whittaker, cut inside the box and put his shot home to make it 7-1.

Coach Hartong emptied his bench from their, but the Bulldog reserves also got into the act.

Woodridge got two goals from junior Justce Fair in tje 60th and 72nd minute, while sophomore Abdur Karimov.capped the scoring in the 75th minute.

Woodridge will travel to Nordonia Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

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