ARVADA — D’Evelyn’s boys soccer team found its scoring touch early and often Sept. 1 night.
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The Jaguars scored seven goals in the first half, cruising to a 10-0 victory over Pomona.
“I’m glad a lot of people got on the field. Everyone got in I think, even our back-up goalie,” D’Evelyn senior Ryan Leoni said. “Everyone got touches and was moving the ball. I’m glad no one was playing selfish and trying to score by themselves. It was a good team win.”
D’Evelyn got a pair of goals from senior Isaiah Arbuthnot and Leoni in the first half. Senior Colin Kim, freshman Blake Colehour and junior Liam Rule scored a goal each in the dominating first half.
Senior Aajish Marahatta kept in going in the second half with an early goal to make it an 8-0 lead. Freshman Jack Stratton and senior Brody Wilson scored just after the 10-minute mark in the second half to end the game due to the 10-goal mercy rule.
“We’ve changed some stuff with formations and we have a lot of new players this year,” D’Evelyn coach Paul Moline said after the second win of the season for the Jaguars. “It has taken us awhile to get into it. It is getting the kids to buy in and the kids used to it. The right players to run it.”
D’Evelyn (2-1 record) hosts Class 5A’s No. 7-ranked Grandview back at the NAAC on Sept. 6 before facing another 5A powerhouse in Mountain Vista later in the week.
“The cool thing this year is we aren’t talking a lot about our opponents ahead of time,” said Moline, who admitted the program has scaled back scouting teams. “We are trying to focus on what we are doing and make adjustments during the game.”
The one adjustment the Jaguars would like to make this season is to win the 4A Jeffco League title. D’Evelyn lost its conference opener against rival Golden last season. The Demons would eventually win the league title with only having a tie against Evergreen in league play.
“I think we have it a lot better figured out,” Leoni said with 4A Jeffco League play approaching in a few weeks. “We’ve changed our formation this season. I think it’s going to be a different year. I’m excited.”
Pomona (1-5) is at Brighton next week on Sept. 6 and then its final non-league game Sept. 13 against Vista Ridge before getting into 5A Jeffco League play.
Dennis Pleuss is the sports information director for Jeffco Public Schools. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com.
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