Sugar-Salem’s boys soccer team topped South Fremont 21-0 Tuesday with multiple boys on the team setting individual records.
Ricardo Contreras scored eight goals, breaking Bryan Owens all-time record of seven goals scored in a game by a Sugar-Salem player.
“I was really happy for him that he was able to do that,” Sugar-Salem head coach Scott Terry said. “It was also awesome to see that his teammates really wanted him to break it.”
Terry said Contreras transforms the Digger offense when he steps on the pitch.
“He does a lot of really great things,” Terry said. “He’s confident on the ball but he can also be really unselfish too. He is totally fine with assisting and setting other people up. And our offense is just so much better when he is there able to control the tempo to open it up for everyone else.”
Mason Kinghorn set the all-time record for assists in a game with five breaking Jordan Dayley’s all-time record of four assists in a game by a Sugar-Salem player.
Contreras scored five of his goals in the first half and took another five shots on goal. Kinghorn, Cort Stoddard, Eddie Tafoya, Devin Peterson and Kyle Brunson each scored a goal in the first half on the way to a 10-0 lead at halftime.
“From the very beginning, we talked about wanting to put pressure early and coming out with a lot of pressure early to show the type of team that we were,” Terry said. “You never know what can happen in any rivalry game. In the rivalry between us and South the energy is always going to be there from both teams. We wanted to make sure that we had a really fast start.”
Kinghorn, Tafoya, Gabe Gerdes, Mario Estrada, Jordan Llewwllyn, Ben Owens and Kyle Brunson each scored a goal in the second half. Contreras scored three goals in the second half.
The Diggers now hold a 7-2 record with their only losses coming at the hands of Preston (4A) who beat them by one goal both times.
Sugar-Salem has a 1-0 record in District 6 with district games against Firth and Teton in the coming week.
Throughout the regular season we’ve been making little tweaks here or there so we can be prepared for the district schedule,” Terry said. “To come out in the first district game and have a really solid showing. I think it was really good momentum for our players and we’ll have to carry that momentum throughout the rest of the district schedule. I’m excited to see how they can take this momentum and continue to build on it.”
The Diggers’ girls team also won its game in St. Anthony Tuesday, topping the Cougars 8-0.
Sugar led 3-0 at halftime. Ava Rydalch, Allie Christensen and Isabelle Tuttle each scored a goal in the first half.
The Diggers added eight goals in the second half. Dakota Weekes scored two goals and Allie Christensen, Addi Christensen and Ellie Puzey each added a second half goal.
Ava Rydalch and Allie Christensen impressed Terry as freshmen forwards.
“We have a lot of younger players who are in some very key positions for us,” Terry said. “They assisted each other. Also, when they had the chances they put them away. They really bring a lot of energy. Even though they’re inexperienced by their age they did play really well despite not having the experience.”
The Diggers have a younger girls squad, which has played a factor in their 5-4-1 record so far this season.
The win over South brings the Diggers’ district record to 1-0. Terry believes they can carry the momentum from Tuesday’s game over to the rest of their district schedule.
“I think it’s definitely a mindset as we go through practice and as we prepare for each of the games in the future, we’re not overlooking anybody. All the teams in our district, especially on the girls side, are all very close. If you don’t show up ready to play they’ll catch you sleeping.”