After scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes in a 5-0 season-opening win Saturday, the Dodge City Red Demons boys soccer team established a similar tempo against the Lamar Savages.
The Red Demons scored three goals in the first 11 minutes Monday night, and four in the first 20:14, the last of the four coming from junior defenseman Nahum Chavira as the Red Demons won 10-0.
Everything seemed to work for the Red Demons, who expanded their lead to 7-0 with 8:02 left in the first half alone.
Junior Diego Olivares opened the scoring just 22 seconds in, getting loose on the attacking right side of the field and drilling it home.
He was one of six different Red Demons to score in the first half.
Only sophomore forward Alan Lopez scored the team's third and fifth goals, while sophomore midfielder Erik Martinez, junior defenseman Nahum Chavira, sophomore forward Angel de la Cruz and senior defenseman Oliver Alba all contributed goals as well.
Red Demon head coach Saul Hernandez said the team still has some things to work on, but the team continued to show signs of improvements Monday night.
"We set objectives at the beginning of the game," Hernandez said. "For the most part we met those objectives. They had nothing to do with the score-line, it was more about chemistry and we think that the chemistry aspect is gonna help us in time."
The Red Demons generated multiple chances in the first 12 minutes of the second half, but Olivarez finally capitalized on one with about 30 minutes remaining, giving the Red Demons an 8-0 lead.
It didn't take long for the Red Demons to press their advantage.
With 27:06 left to play, Lopez got close within traffic and put the ball in the back of the net to secure a hat trick and a 9-0 lead for the Red Demons.
Less than 30 seconds later, Lopez knocked in his fourth of the game, giving the Red Demons a 10-0 10-goal-rule win with 26:47 left on the clock.
The Red Demons start the Titan Classic in Wichita Monday. They face Wichita East, then will play either Derby or Manhattan, depending on the results of their game with East and the Derby versus Manhattan game.
"I think the boys are gonna be ready for (the tournament)," Hernandez said. "If they're not, it's gonna be a long tournament. They've gotta understand that the next game isn't gonna be like the last two games. The skill level of other team is gonna be higher, the intensity of the other teams is gonna be higher than the last two we've played, and they have to understand that and I think they will. We've won that tournament two years in a row, and we want bring it back for the third time."
The Red Demons are next in action Monday, Sept. 3 when they head to the Titan Classic at Wichita South High School. Their first opponent is Wichita East, which they are scheduled to face at 1 p.m. that day.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of Derby's game against Manhattan, with the second game on the winner's side of the bracket scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 6. The two teams that lose would play at 4 p.m. Sept. 6.
JUNIOR VARSITY RESULT:
Before the varsity teams took the field, the Red Demons junior varsity team beat the Lamar Savages JV team by 10-goal rule, winning 10-0 with 2:12 left to play in the game.