This time, there was no letdown for the Hauser boys soccer team.
The Jets, who nearly lost all of a 4-0 lead in a 4-3 win against Trinity Lutheran two weeks ago, continued to stay aggressive after building a 3-0 halftime lead Thursday against Columbus Christian at Ceraland. Hauser added a pair of second-half goals to claim a 5-0 victory.
“After the Trinity game, we really stressed to stay focused and to continue to play hard, and today, I think we did,” Hauser coach Andy Hunnicutt said. “I think it was also very helpful that it was just a numbers game. We had so many players, compared to Columbus Christian, and I think they were getting tired by the end, and that worked to our advantage, also.”
The Jets (5-2) had 27 players to only 13 for the Crusaders (4-2).
Columbus Christian had a chance to take the lead in the seventh minute, but C.J. Reed just missed catching up with a cross from Blake Barker. After that, Hauser took control.
The Jets got on the board in the 11th minute when Kyler Davis put in a cross from Clayton Wilson. Davis scored again in the 32nd minute off a cross from Dalton Moore.
After Will Trotter headed in a corner kick from Andrew Titus in the 39th minute, Hauser led 3-0 at halftime.
The Crusaders shut out the Jets for the first half of the second 40 minutes. But then Joe Sweet scored off an assist from Will Trotter in the 62ne minute and added the final goal off a pass from Joe Hunter in the 78th minute.
“We played pretty well most of the game,” Sweet said. “We were just playing together and talking the whole time and not overlooking them at all. We’re starting to click as a team.”
Hauser outshot Columbus Christian 26-3, putting 15 shots on goal to two for the Crusaders. Pete Trotter played the first 65 minutes in goal for the Jets and recorded one save, while Kameron Lawson made one save over the final 25 minutes.
Evan Reed posted 10 saves for the Crusaders.
“I feel like we played just fine,” Columbus Christian coach Jessica Decker said. “They basically just had more players on the bench to get fresh legs on the field. My guys I think played hard. I appreciated that they didn’t give up.”