Thomas More Prep-Marian goalkeeper Joshua Stark was waiting for a match like Tuesday’s against visiting St. John’s Military.
To this point in the season, the Monarchs regularly have played from behind, but on Tuesday, with the Monarchs controlling possession and a multiple-goal lead, Stark was allowed to take the field in search of a rare goal.
“Stark had a good 30 minutes (in goal),” TMP coach Darryl Wellbrock said. “He played very well.”
He didn’t get the goal he was looking for, but got the next best thing, an assist. Junior Hernandez scored the Monarchs’ ninth goal and final goal with Stark earning the helper in the second half.
“He wanted to be a striker,” TMP coach Darryl Wellbrock said. “Everyone wants to be a striker. Everyone wants to score but it’s easier said than done.”
Armel Valois put the Monarchs ahead early and added his second goal later in the first half. Ryan Karlin and Alec Stults also scored a pair in the first half, while freshman Tabasco McClung bent in a goal from distance in the opening 40 minutes.
The Monarchs used better build up play on Tuesday, and it led to a 7-0 lead at halftime.
“We are still improving,” Wellbrock said. “I think. I’m starting to see some things.”
TMP used the second half to get younger players on the field and other players opportunity to play different positions, like Stark.
St. John’s Military scored a pair of goal against the inexperienced unit.
Valois completed his hat trick with a penalty kick midway through the second half.
The offensive explosion was the product of better combination plays, quick passing and player movement
“The movement and stuff of the players, I think they’re starting to understand the game better,” Wellbrock said. “That will help us out later in the season.”
The Monarchs return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday at Liberal.