In a wind-aided first half the Dodge City Red Demons boys soccer team attacked early and often, and it worked.
The Red Demons scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of Saturday's season-opener against the Wichita South Titans, winning 5-0.
The first came off the toe of junior Diego Olivares with 36:21 left in the first half.
"The ball went over the defender, I saw the goalie outside his line, so I just decided to give it a little chip over him," Olivares said.
He wasn't done. With 28:15 left in the first, Olivares got loose along the attacking left side of the field, gets close to the corner of the net. He then then put it high directly at the keeper. It went off the keepers hands and face, and in to give the Red Demons a 2-0 lead.
Olivares wasn't the only Red Demon to score in the first 20 minutes.
With 20:52 left in the first half, sophomore Alan Lopez and Olivares started a two-on-one break toward the Wichita South net, but about 30 yards out, Lopez let a low shot go, and it beats the keeper to give the Red Demons a 3-0 lead.
But Olivares had one more to do still.
After smashing one off the crossbar six or seven minutes after Lopez's goal, Olivares dribbled in super close to the keeper on the keeper's right at a seemingly-impossible angle, and got it up over the keeper to score the hat trick and give the Red Demons a 4-0 lead.
It was an almost identical shot to his second goal, which had come from the same angle near the goalkeeper's right post.
Olivares said the first goal gave him confidence, so he just decided to shoot a second one, and it went in.
Red Demons head coach Saul Hernandez credited his front line as a major reason the team won Saturday night.
"The front three played excellent today," Hernandez said. "Diego was on point: Hat trick, assist. There's a lot of unselfishness going on up there. You saw the play with Alan, he could have easily scored and laid it off to Josue (Castillo) for the easy goal. I mean there's a lot of unselfishness and a lot of togetherness."
That didn't mean it was a perfect win. Hernandez pointed out the team has some things to clean up defensively and in transition, but he likes the way the team is going.
"I'm satisfied with the boys today," Hernandez said.
Olivares and Lopez cut through the defense constantly Saturday night, especially in the first half.
"They're special players," Hernandez said. "They're game-changers and they can have moments of magic. It showed today. Diego with two goals and he didn't even really have an angle. They're special players and they know how to play together."
That chemistry of knowing how to play together is what Hernandez said the Red Demons just need to learn to do team-wide, but he thinks they're going in the right direction.
The Red Demons scored the final goal of the game when with 4:41 left, Lopez took a pass to the keeper's right, and found himself and senior Josue Castillo two-on-one against the South's keeper.
Lopez executed his part of the play perfectly, taking a second to draw the keeper toward him before he passed to Castillo who put it home.
Before the varsity team took the field, the Red Demons junior varsity team took out the Titans' junior varsity squad 7-0.
The Red Demons host Lamar Monday, Aug. 27, in Memorial Stadium. The varsity game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., while junior varsity is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.