GREENFIELD — Averaging under two scores a match through most of the season, the Greenfield-Central boys soccer squad erupted this week for 11 goals in a pair of wins.
The Cougars’ latest explosion came at the expense of one of their toughest opponents Thursday. Conner Shaw had two goals and the Cougars notched five unanswered scores on the way to a 5-1 victory over rival New Palestine, which entered on a four-game win streak.
“Greenfield played great tonight, absolutely fantastic,” New Palestine coach Bobby Holden said. “The finishes were exceptional. Kind of stunned.
“We played some good soccer, but as a team I don’t think we showed up to our fullest. Not to take anything away from Greenfield. Even if we would have shown up to our fullest, I don’t know that we would have beat them … because those shots were nothing less than fantastic, professional shots. I mean they were upper shelf, upper 90s. Just great goals.”
The Dragons (7-4, 2-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) had allowed only four scores during September, but the suddenly high-powered Cougars (6-4, 2-2 HHC) matched that total in less than 30 minutes Thursday during the conference tilt.
G-C coach Jared Manning was only “a little bit” surprised by the lopsided final.