Appoquinimink's boys soccer team improved to 8-1 with a 7-0 rout over William Penn Tuesday afternoon on the Colonials home field.
The Jaguars scored three goals in the first half, from Jackson Wines, Sam Jester and Yusef Basma, who played much of the second half on defense, to take a commanding lead. Exact times were not immediately available, as the Colonial pitch does not have a scoreboard.
Appo coach Adam Bear said getting the first goal of a game always helps with a team's momentum. "No doubt about it, it's always important to get that first score. We were a little worried because we missed several practices, and there was concern we would be rusty," he said. But that was not the case, as the Jags size and speed proved to be too much for the Colonials. To their credit, William Penn's players played hard for 90 minutes, but lacked the experience of the Jaguars.
During the second half, the Jaguars again took immediate control, firing a series of shots at the Penn net minder Corey Hauck, who made a number of fine saves during the game.
Appoquinimink outshot William Penn 18-6, keeping Hauck busy throughout the crisp autumn afternoon.
Appo's second half goals were scored by Nick Hood, Ryan Moore, Alex Romano and Zach Lagola.
About midway through the second half, Bear began to substitute freely and began to play a defensive style of game with the fresher players. Bear said he was also glad to have several versatile players like Basma who he could move to different positions. "Yusef is definitely one of our stronger players, he can play anywhere on the field if necessary," he said.
Chris Stillwell had another strong day in the nets for the Jaguars, who have now had three straight shutouts.
Appoquinimink will host Newark Thursday night at 6 p.m.
The Colonials will play at Glasgow Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.