Thomson High School boys' soccer team defeated Butler 7-2 on Friday to remain undefeated in region play.
Thomson's first goal came just 13:35 into the first half, as Talles Cardoso scored. Less than 2 minutes later, left wing Marquis Cook also scored for the Bulldogs, followed by Cardoso just 16 seconds later.
"Maybe I could have called for the ball a little more, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased with my play," said Cook, who added a second goal early in the second half.
Freshman Ford Adams wrapped up the Bulldogs' first-half scoring with a goal at the 20:45 mark, putting Thomson up 4-1.
The Bulldogs did not let up in the second half. Along with Cook, Adams and Ricky Martinez added goals to put Thomson up 7-2.
"We had flashes of brilliance all night, but we need to have it the whole game," first year head coach Zack Tucker told his players following the game.
"We lost our focus a little bit and started playing second grade kick-ball. We have to stay focused all night. Focus, focus, focus."
Assistant Coach Brad Adams also addressed the team after the game.
"The effort out there was great tonight," he told the players. "We play an 80-minute game, but we have to go in there with a mindset of 90 minutes of focus. We have to Bulldog down a bit more, with the attitude that nobody kicks against (goalie) John John (Atkins), and we have to execute a little better. We can't kick it over the net, we can't miss wide open goals, and we have to finish."
Coach Tucker said he was pleased with the team's performance.
"You can't complain about a 7-2 final score," he said.
"Marcus (Ricketson), our sweeper, did an excellent job back there, and John Holloway as center mid-fielder was outstanding. He had his head on the ball whenever it was around, and even though he got knocked around a bit, he kept ripping shots all night, and all the forwards did great."
Defensive forward Sherrod Hart had his own take on Thomson's victory.
"We don't do this for fun. We do it because we're committed," he said after the game.
Coach Tucker now turns his focus toward ARC, whom Thomson faces at home on Tuesday, March 8.
"Against ARC we really have to lock down the back," he said.
"There were a couple of times tonight when ARC would have definitely put on more pressure and taken more shots, so locking down the back is going to be very important."