The U14 Miami Red Dogs opened the Green Country Soccer Associationís spring soccer season with an 8-0 victory over the Owasso Blazers Saturday at Sam Wells Soccer Complex.
Seven different players scored as Miami used a balanced attack and smothering defense to dominate the visitors.
Ben Pulley, who led the Red Dogs in goals scored during the fall recreational season, scored two first half goals.
Trevor Sourjohn opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Nicholas Andres made it 2-0 in the seventh minute. Dalton Norton scored just before halftime to make the score 5-0 at intermission.
Koith Quiroz scored on a shot from distance in the 45th minute to make the score 6-0 early in the second half.
Stone Collins, who is the starting goalkeeper for the Red Dogs, came out of the net to get some playing time in the field and promptly scored to make it 7-0 in the 63rd minute.
In the 69th minute, Dalton Norton earned a penalty kick for Miami when he was taken down near the goal line.
Tyler Radebaugh put the penalty kick past the Owasso goalkeeper for the final score of 8-0.
Stone Collins and Scott Garrett combined for the shutout in goal.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the victory was the way the Red Dogs shared the ball in just the first game of the season. All eight goals were assisted, which can be rare in recreational youth soccer.
Dalton Norton led the team with two assists. Ben Pulley, Trevor Sourjohn, Scott Garrett, Grant Hubbard, Tyler Radebaugh, and Nicholas Andres each had one assist.
"Weíve only had six practices coming into this game, and several players have had to miss due to illness and other obligations," head coach Jeremy Radebaugh said. "Coach Quiroz and I were very pleased with the ball movement, spacing, and finishing this early in the season. To have every goal assisted is pretty amazing. We also have a few new players that played well Saturday."
The Red Dogs finished undefeated in the fall recreational league, but the team was supposed to play in a rec-plus division. While a lack of teams prevented the rec-plus league from forming last fall, the league has made this spring. Coach Radebaugh hopes this will provide a challenging schedule for this talented group of players.
"Itís no secret that the current seventh and eighth graders at Will Rogers Middle School are very talented," Radebaugh said. "Weíve seen in on the football field, basketball court, and baseball field. The soccer pitch is no different. We see the potential these boys have. If they continue to improve individually and as teammates, they could win a 4A state soccer championship one day at Miami High School.
"The only way to keep getting better is to face other good players, both in practices and in games. With the help of our great players and their parents, Coach Quiroz and I will take these boys wherever it takes to get this accomplished, including the Governorís Cup in Lawton this April."
This yearís Red Dog roster includes Daniel Allen, Nicholas Andres, Garrett Brede, Stone Collins, Kieran Coyne, Payton Edmondson, Wolfgang Flick, Scott Garrett, Grant Hubbard, Sam Hughes, Dalton Norton, Ben Pulley, Koith Quiroz, Tyler Radebaugh, Trevor Sourjohn, Jakob Tarter and Jace Williams.
Team manager is David "Trini" Quiroz.
The Red Dogs play at Muskogee Saturday.