The ADM boys soccer team pick up right where they left off from their winning ways of last year as they captured a season opening victory in Carroll Monday night in Carroll.
Thanks to a trio of second half goals, the Class 2A ninth ranked ADM bested their Tiger counterpart by a final of 5-0.
It didn’t take long for the Tigers to strike as they did so just four minutes into the contest after junior Justin Annear outpaced his man and delivered a looping cross to Josh Pike who initiated his big night with a goal high into the net. That set up the Tigers with the early 1-0 lead and it marked the beginning of a three goal night for the sophomore. Pike had quite the overall night as he also added in one assist and seven points in the season opening victory. That lone assist came as Pike traded an assist for a goal with Justin Annear who in turn deposited the game’s second goal in the bottom right corner with just over ten minutes remaining in the contest. Defense reigned supreme for the remaining ten minutes of the first half as both teams took to the halftime break with ADM up on top by a 2-0 score.
What highlighted ADM last season was their ability to put games away in the second half. Monday night, on a cold and windy night, the Tigers repeated their winning ways by notching three second half goals.
The second half scoring began with a similar cast of characters as Justin Annear and Josh Pike teamed up once again. This time, Annear pitched in the assist, his second of the night, finding Pike who would turn that into his second goal scored on the night. Annear himself had just as strong of a night with two goals scored, two assists, and six points through 12 total shots on the night. His second goal of the night came just five minutes after Pike’s second half opening goal. Annear took advantage of a poor clearance by the Carroll goalkeeper. A lop shot similar to a chip shot in golf put down the fourth overall goal of the night, giving the ADM Tigers a commanding 4-0 lead late in the contest.
ADM was not done there however, the ninth ranked Tigers cooked up one more goal for the night which was orchestrated by Josh Pike who striped the ball away from a defender with a short field to work with. He then outraced a number of Carroll Tigers and found the back of the net on his fifth shot on goal of the night. For the evening, Pike posted seven total shots and five total shots on goal.
Highlighting the defensive efforts for the night were Conner Chappell and Zach Fuller. Both were instrumental in helping to orchestrate the first of many defensive shutouts of the season.
In total, the Tigers produced 27 total shots and 19 total shots on goal. ADM captured 13 total points through five goals and three assists. The win gives ADM their fifth straight season opening win. It was a strong opener for the Tigers and as head coach Bill Shields explains, gives a lot of positives to lean on going forward.
“It was great to see the offense clicking on all cylinders tonight,” began Shields. “Passing was rather crisp and we took full advantage of their mistakes which is going to be big for us going forward. In order to get back to state we’re going to have to keep up with that as we head into more of the season.”
The now 1-0 Tigers will now get ready for their first home action of the season as they host a five team tournament including Des Moines East, Glenwood, Harlan, Southeast Polk, and Waverly-Shell Rock. The tournament will start at 5 p.m. from Tiger Stadium with ADM’s first match up set for 8 p.m. against Southeast Polk.