The Hiland boys soccer team left little doubt as to the outcome of its Saturday, Sept. 22 encounter with Manchester on the pitch.
Four minutes into the game, Taylor Mullet found Josh Schlabach, who smacked home a goal, and the Hawks never looked back in dismantling Manchester 10-1.
The blowout victory improved the Hawks to 8-1-0 on the season, and it also allowed head coach Scott Bodiker the opportunity to work in a large contingent of players, many of whom made that playing time pay off.
Those same two Hawks would team up again for the game’s second tally as Schlabach collected his second goal in the 12th minute.
The next seven minutes saw Hiland go hog wild on the pitch as they attacked on offense and produced four scores in that span.
The first of those goals came in the 16th minute, and it was Brayden Gray making things happen on his own for the score. Two minutes later Declan Howell did the same thing as Gray and produced a 4-0 lead on his own skill set. In the 21st minute Hiland’s twins came through, Chris Miller finding Pat Miller for the score, and two minutes after that it was 6-0 when Manchester scored an own-goal. By the time Schlabach located Taylor Mullet for a score in the 34th minute, the game was essentially over, and Hiland took the 7-0 lead into the half.
The Hawks allowed their lone goal five minutes into the second half when Pierce Addy fed Devin Allman, but the Hawks then went into header-mode and produced three second-half goals, all off of headers. The first came in the 49th minute when Howell assisted on a Tyler Schmucker header, and Schmucker connected again off his noggin off of Gray’s assist. The final score came courtesy of an assist from Mullet, who found the head of Carson Feikert for a score that wrapped up the blowout win.
Hiland cranked out 24 shots with 22 of them on goal and had five corner kicks. Manchester did manage to take 14 shots, eight of them on goal. Brant Klink made seven saves in net for the Hawks. Manchester keeper Nathan Harmon collected a dozen saves.