Often in a blowout victory, very little is accomplished especially for the dominant team. Mariner's 8-0 victory over East Lee County Wednesday night at Tony McKenna Field did not fall into that category.
The Tritons (2-0) showed improvement in some areas that were cause for concern in the preseason and their season-opening game earlier this week. Like finishing offensive chances.
The Tritons not only found out they can score, but who can score. They controlled the midfield and the defensive back line was superb at turning the Jaguars away when they managed to make a run into the scoring zone.
"We were more selective with our shots," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas. "We talked about it before and I hope we can move forward from here once the guys understand it. This game was similar to the Dunbar game, where I though we were being a bit selfish."
The Tritons on the Jaguars' opening kickoff. Webster Fradin stole a backwards pass and sent a leading pass to Lucas Orellana making a run up the middle and buried a shot inside the right post. The play took just 10 seconds to give the Tritons the eventual game-winning goal and a 1-0 lead.
In the first 25 minutes, the Tritons scored five goals to take a 5-0 lead at halftime. Senior Tim Thomas scored three consecutive times in that spurt with Tyler Till accounting for the fifth goal.
It took the Tritons just 15 seconds to score on their second-half kickoff. Till got the ball on the right sideline and from deep in the corner sent a cross into the middle where Orellana one-timed it around the keeper and into the net.
William Pacheco scored in the 47th minute for a 7-0 lead. The Tritons were awarded a penalty kick in the 50th minute, but the Jaguars' keeper saved Till's shot toward the left post that would have ended the game.
It took another 14 minutes for the Tritons to get the game-ending eighth goal, which came on the foot of Fradin on a pass from Juan Toscano on the left wing.
The Tritons fired 26 shots on goal to just two for the Jaguars. Goalkeeper Alex Trujillo made one save and Jacob Olmstead one save, both in the first half.
The Tritons host Ida Baker Thursday night at McKenna Field. Ten of Baker's 11 suspended players were reinstated Wednesday, according to coach Justin Aulls.
Mariner 9, East Lee County 0: Freshman Holly Fritz scored two goals and had three assists to help lead Mariner to a mercy-rule victory over late-arriving East Lee County at Tony McKenna Field Wednesday night.
Alex Muro-Solis added two goals for the Tritons with Brittany Webb-Martin, Marisa Villalon, Nicole Romano, Heather Gillians and Sam Kirby each contributing one goal.
The Tritons scored three goals in the first five minutes of the game and added four goals over the next 11 minutes. They called off the attack with a 7-0 lead until the water break.
Fritz and Villalon worked free for goals within three minutes of each other and had a 9-0 lead spanning 33 minutes of play.
The Jaguars did not take a shot on goal, nor did they advance the ball as far as the 18-yard box. Tritons goalkeeper Marisa Cardenas only handled one ball in the half, a passback from a teammate.
"We are constantly improving," said Tritons first-year coach Lisa Schwarz. "We are going in the right direction. We are practicing things we need to improve on, but everyone on the team has stepped up when we play more competitive teams."
The Tritons (3-1-2) have won three games in a row.