DELANO – The Delano boys soccer team came into the season with high expectations. They’ve met those expectations early on.
Coming off a pair of ties, the Tigers opened the floodgates as they got the offense going in a 6-1 win over St. Francis Tuesday night on their home field.
“They played a little more loose than we have in the past,” Delano coach Tristen Griffin said. “It was nice to see them score some goals and get after it.”
After a bit of a slow start, Will Strandemo got the Tigers on the board just over midway through the first half on a goal assisted by Sage Mullen.
“Just talking and feeding off our energy was big,” Mullen said about the win. “We moved the ball really well and we were talking so that kept the energy up. We succeeded at doing that.”
Strandemo would add another goal late in the first half to put the Tigers up 2-0. Alex Barta had the assist as Delano took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
“The unselfishness out of them is the key,” Griffin said. “The balance we’ve had has been huge. We just have to keep building off that.”
Up a pair of goals in the second half, Delano wasn’t satisfied. After an assist on the goal late in the first half, Barta recorded a pair of goals himself less than four minutes apart to push the Tigers’ lead to 4-0.
Brock Lucas and Strandemo would add two more goals down the stretch as the Tigers ran away with things in their fourth win of the season.
“We got to keep the energy level high,” Griffin said about adding to their lead late. “If we’re not active after getting a goal, we get flat. We just always want to keep looking for the next one.”
Strandemo finished with three goals and an assist to lead the way for Delano in the win. Barta added two goals and an assist while Isaac Quandt added an assist as well in the win.
“The versatility is amazing for our group,” Mullen said, who made his 50th career start earlier this week. “We got guys coming off the bench that can score three goals in a game. It’s amazing.”
At 4-0-2 on the season, Delano has a big matchup coming up this weekend with Southwest Christian. A team that’s looking to take another step forward this year, a win over the Stars will keep the Tigers on track for what could be a special season.
“The goal is to get to the section finals,” Griffin said. “We’ve never been there. We’ll take it one game at a time and hope we can make it further than we have in the past. We just want to keep building on what we’ve done the past few years. We had 10 wins last year so let’s get more than that this year and make it one step further.”