CHARLESTON -- After three consecutive losses, the Charleston soccer team bounced back with a landslide victory against the Taylorville Tornadoes on Tuesday evening. After the 9-0 blowout, the Charleston Trojans improved their season record to 7-7-2.
Only four minutes into the game, Charleston freshman Blake Garrett kick-started the home team’s offensive domination with an early goal to put the team ahead 1-0. Just two minutes later, Charleston senior Jack Thain added to the momentum with another goal putting the Trojan’s ahead by two.
Charleston’s offense failed to rest; the team managed to put another five goals in the net before the second half. Taylorville was unable to catch up to its opponent, and Charleston’s strong defense didn’t allow the team to get in the way of the victory.
The Trojans showed depth in their team, playing younger players in the shortened second half to finish the game. Charleston scored two more goals with ease in the 20-minute half and its defense wouldn’t allow one goal, winning the game 9-0 against the Apollo Conference opponent.
Charleston head coach Josh Garrett was content with his team’s performance, and was glad to allow younger players more game experience. “We tried to mix some players in as much as we could tonight,” Garrett said. “Everyone was able to dress tonight, and everyone did well.”
After losing to Lincoln High School, Mahomet-Seymour and Danville, Garrett was pleased to defeat Taylorville as the team prepares for their next competition against Effingham on Thursday.
Charleston defeated Effingham earlier in the season 5-1, but Garrett said his team must come into the next match-up prepared with a determined mindset. “Effingham has improved since last season, they are not an easy out,” Garrett said. “If we go out there and think we are going to beat Effingham, we could get beat this year since they have good talent.”
The Trojans are set to play an away game against the Effingham Hearts on Thursday at 6 p.m.