Adrian Castanon and Alex Martinez picked apart the Independence defense Thursday afternoon as they led the South Tama boys soccer to its first victory of the spring.
The Trojan freshman and junior duo combined to score four goals and assist on the same four. Their four goals were part of the six-goal barrage by the Trojans as they beat Independence 6-0 and improved to 1-2 on the season.
"That was very impressive," head coach Dave Chizek said. "The team is coming together. We've had things to work on after the first couple games, because they learning experiences. They are now starting to see their potential."
Castanon led the charge Thursday scoring a hat trick. His second and third goals started the rout during the second half and seemed like deja vu, just minutes apart.
After 13 minutes of scoreless action in the second half, the Trojans converted a devastating goal to Independence's morale. Martinez found Castanon near the goal with a touch pass and the freshman finished it with a strong kick through traffic.
"It definitely was a big goal," Chizek said. "We found a weakness and we kept trying to exploit it. It was very nice."
Once the third goal rolled into the net, the wind was knocked out of Independence's sails and South Tama capitalized. STC scored its fourth goal on a similar play from the previous one, where Castanon scored on an assist from Martinez, just 14 minutes later.
That goal gave Castanon his hat trick for the afternoon. Castanon's first goal came during the 25th minute of the contest. His speed and ball control overmatched the Independence defenders.
"I think a lot of it was him making those outside runs and our midfielders were able to control the middle of the field," Chizek said. "Once you control the middle and get guys running to space, you can take advantage of that and we definitely did tonight."
The South Tama freshman would share the wealth with his teammate shortly after scoring his third goal. An Independence goal kick went straight toward Castanon, who stopped it and dribbled twice before passing it to the middle.
In the middle of the field and all alone was Martinez. He dribbled once and fired a shot passed the goalkeeper and into the back of the net four during the 71st minute.
"(Alex) was the key tonight," Chizek said. "If you give him time and even a little bit of space, he can find the guy that's open. Him and Adrian work very well together. If he can put it out there, Adrian can outrun anybody."
South Tama's final goal of the contest came seconds before the final whistle. James Lares, who scored the opening goal of the game, assisted Jose Alcazar near the net. Alcazar gave South Tama the 6-0 win.
Lares' goal during the opening minutes came after a hard shot from Erik Barajas, who's kick deflected off of the goalkeeper's hands and into a charging Lares.
The Trojans lost their first two games of the season by a combined score of 14-0. After their rough loss April 3, they worked on playing outside-in on offense, because that's how Pella was able to score most of its goals.
"I've been trying to get the kids to realize you advance the ball down the field on the outside and score on the inside," Chizek said. "You don't bring it down the inside and try and push yourself through. That's where we go our goals. We took it deep on the outside, made good crosses and we capitalized on it tonight."
The junior varsity Trojans played Independence to a 0-0 tie. Independence had only eight JV players so it added varsity players to its roster.
"The JV defense was outstanding tonight," Chizek said. "They're giving the varsity JV a run for their money."
The Trojans will host Marshalltown at home today. The action begins at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity contest.