PITTSBURG — It was all Purple Dragons on Thursday, as the Pittsburg High School soccer team dominated in the 6-2 win over Fort Scott.
Goals came early and often for the Purple Dragons, as they struck for four goals in the first half and two in the second en route to the victory.
“We’ve been struggling with finishing plays and putting the ball in the net lately, so we’ve had a few training sessions and focused on that,” PHS head coach Kyle Bockover said. “So it felt good to put some balls away.”
Gumaro Rodriguez found himself in the right place at the right time, as he received the ball after it deflected off of the Tigers' keeper and put it in the back of the net to give the Purple Dragons a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the contest.
Pittsburg hit the scoreboard again 15 minutes later when Emerson Barrios won possession of a loose ball and put it in the net from 20 yards out.
The Purple Dragons extended their lead to 3-0 with under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, as Riley Beihl kicked in a cross from Juan Hernandez.
Hernandez helped the Purple Dragons score their fourth goal of the first half at the five-minute mark, after saving the ball from going out of bounds and passing to Jorge Narvaez, who was there to finish the play.
Fort Scott scored its first goal with three minutes remaining in the half, but the Purple Dragons got the goal back in the second to push the score to 5-1.
A shot off the top of the crossbar sent the ball bouncing towards the left side of the field, where Caden Bressler was there to gather it and score Pittsburg’s fifth goal.
Barrios cashed in for his second goal of the game with under four minutes remaining in regulation on a shot nearly parallel the goal, bending it in to find the corner.
Fort Scott found the back of the net with under a minute left in the contest, but it was too late for a comeback.
“I was happy with the guys who came in during the second half,” Bockover said. “They showed good hustle, good movement and good vision. They made smart decisions and didn’t try to play in heavy-pressured areas. Overall, I’m happy with everybody’s performance.”
The Purple Dragons hit the road to take on McDonald City at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.