Thanks to a barrage of first half goals, everybody got a chance to take part in a 10-0 rout for the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys soccer team against St John’s Military School on Tuesday at Bickle-Schmidt Complex.

After the first few minutes, the Monarchs began scoring with ease, erupting for nine goals by halftime. TMP scored the 10th goal to force the mercy rule early in the second half with a lineup of reserves.

“We have a lot of good young players that we just want to get so much time,” TMP coach Shea Koerner said. “The problem is a lot of these 1A through 4A schools that we play don’t necessarily have JV teams, so it’s tough to get them games.

“A game like this where it’s varsity only and we can try and get a comfortable score, I do want to get them in. We had guys that got some of their first playing time varsity wise, like Carter Schmidt and Ethan Werth. Both of those guys are new this year, as far as playing goes. They played some outside back, and they did well. We were happy with them.”

Logan Shaw notched the hat trick with three first half goals while Ryan Karlin and Ethan Lang added two goals each. Brady Kreutzer, Nathan Wechsler and Tanner Diehl had a goal apiece.

Sheldon Weber and Lang recorded two assists, while Karlin, Ethan Brummer and Mike Pritchett each had one. Bobby Cox played the first half in goal while Blayne Riedel also got credit for the shutout after starting the second half. 

“I am happy with a lot of stuff,” Koerner said. “They did a lot of good things. I still think there’s some things to work on. We really struggle coming out hard in the first 10 minutes, and that happened here, too.”

But the Monarchs began creating opportunities at will as the half wore on.

“I think they were a little anxious to find some (goals) in the beginning,” Koerner said. “When we got the starters off the field and put some of the backups in, it let me talk to them and they recognized what they were doing and made some adjustments and looked better.”

The Monarchs improved to 4-3 on the season against a tough early-season schedule.

“I would have liked to have at least one more win, if not two," Koerner said. “I think we could have played better against Salina South (4-1 loss). We should have played better against McPherson (5-0 loss). We lost that tough game against Garden, 3-2.

“While I’m happy with the 4-3 record — it’s the first time we’ve had a winning record in a little bit of time — it would be nice to have it 5-2 or 6-1. Hopefully, we’ll get there.”

TMP will host an alumni game on Saturday at 1 p.m. before playing St. John's on the road on Tuesday.