As has been the case over the past many years, the Hiland Hawks boys soccer team used its first tournament game as a tune-up for what they hope will be another lengthy tournament run. The Edison Wildcats (3-12-1) were this year’s sacrificial lamb in the sectional opener of the Div. III East district soccer tournament, and Hiland rang up a 12-0 victory to advance.
In running its record to 13-3-1, Hiland used 12 different players to produce their dozen goals as the Hawks took turns finding each other time and again for scoring opportunities.
Brayden Gray got the scoring started just six minutes into the game, and Chris Miller made it 2-0 less than 10 minutes in. Declan Howell knocked home Hiland’s third goal 30 seconds later as the Hawks continued their onslaught on Edison.
With Hiland simply ruling every aspect of the game, it gave Hiland’s defense very little to do, and Edison did not get off a single shot on goal.
Meanwhile back on Edison’s end of the field, the Hawks kept hammering shots at a relentless clip. Taylor Mullet made it 4-0 in the 14th minute while Josh Schlabach found success and made it 5-0 near the 20-minute mark. Tyler Schmucker connected, and the Hawks led 6-0 at intermission.
Nothing changed in the way the game was playing out in the second half as Hiland head coach Scott Bodiker substituted liberally and got his starters plenty of rest, keeping them fresh for the tournament trail yet to come.
Pat Miller scored 13 minutes into the second half, and midfielder Casey Lowe made it 8-0 in the 57th minute. Senior Carson Feikert found his score in the 64th minute while Jadon Yoder and Bradley Weaver each scored quickly thereafter. Jordan Miller finished the scoring for the evening as Hiland played keep-away and held the score down.