A sophomore playing a new position helped The Classical Academy soccer team break out of a slump in a big way.
Evan Young scored four times in the Titans' five-goal second half Saturday as they crushed rival St. Mary's 5-0 in a 3A Tri-Peaks West Conference game.
Pikes Peak No. 10 TCA (3-4) had lost four straight games, all by a score of 1-0. The Titans hadn’t found the back of the net in over 360 minutes before exploding on a young, frustrated No. 7 Pirates’ defense.
“Coach said we needed to change our formations and attack more,” Young said. “He put me at striker for the first time today and we just went at them.”
After Young scored twice with his right foot, he used his left to bury his third goal. He added a canon shot from 60 yards out that beat St. Mary’s goalie Jacob Calhoun for his fourth.
“I’ve never really seen that before,” TCA coach Blake Galvin said of Young’s four-goal half. “He really knows what he’s doing and he has such a great sense on the field.”
St. Mary’s (3-3) had plenty of chances to gain a lead in the first half, as they hit the post twice and had several other opportunities in the box against TCA goalie Josh Mesward.
However, once Young and the Titans started to score, the Pirates started to unravel in a hurry. They yelled at each other on defense and took unnecessary fouls.
“You sometimes have to attribute that to the leadership on the field, and also to the maturity of the team,” Pirates coach Lou Sagastume said. “But we will look forward to the next game and talk to the captains about being leaders.”
Mesward made eight saves and he and his fellow defenders kept the Pirates at bay until his offense started to click.
“Our guys are all extremely strong defenders back there,” Young said. “I love my keeper, he’s a beast and we had an all-around team effort today.”
TCA senior forward Brad Dyess added a goal in the waning moments to finish up the Titans’ scoring.