Men’s Soccer: Panthers run away with 5-0 win over Toccoa Falls for first win

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

LAGRANGE, Ga. – The LaGrange College men's soccer team shared the wealth exceptionally well on Wednesday evening, as the Panthers showcased their strength in numbers with five different goal scorers during a 5-0 shutout victory against Toccoa Falls at Panther Field.

The Panthers (1-3) were led by a three-point night by freshman midfielder Blake Webb (goal, two assists) and a two-point effort by senior midfielder Errick Sturm (goal, assist).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • LaGrange did not waste any time finding its way onto the scoresheet. During the second minute, freshman midfielder Enrique Hernandez looped a high corner kick into the box, and then junior defender Asher Hendon beat the goalkeeper to the left side with a strong header goal, putting the unit in front, 1-0.
  • During the 29th minute, the Panthers showcased their outstanding potential with a series of phenomenal passes in the attacking zone. Hendon passed the ball over to Webb, who found Sturm with a through ball, but Sturm's attempt went wide left. Sturm recorded another strong scoring bid in the 34th minute, as he ripped a turnaround shot from the edge of the box, which required an impressive diving stop by Screaming Eagles freshman goalkeeper David Chambers.
  • Sturm, who hails from Griffin, Ga., did all the dirty work on LaGrange's second goal, as he sent a sliding pass over to Webb, who rifled a shot into the net, pushing the advantage up to 2-0 with 7:48 remaining in the first half.
  • One minute, 44 seconds later, Sturm tallied a goal off a strong lead pass from just inside midfield by Webb, catapulting the squad's lead up to 3-0.
  • LaGrange kept its foot on the throttle in the second half, adding a pair of insurance goals off the feet of freshman forward Jaydon Parish (59th minute) and junior midfielder Joao Santos (69th minute).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • LaGrange completely dominated the time of possession and the territorial advantage, caving Toccoa Falls in its own end for extended periods of time. The Panthers claimed a commanding 35-2 edge in shots, including a 22-0 mark during the opening 45 minutes. In the shots-on-target category, LaGrange held a 17-0 cushion.
  • Sturm led the charge with a game-best five shots on net, while Webb put four on target and Parish finished with three attempts on net.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Gian Dev earned the shutout win in net for the hosts, while Chambers registered a game-high 12 stops for Toccoa Falls (0-3).
  • Each team committed 11 fouls and the Panthers dominated the corner-kick category, 13-0.

UP NEXT:

  • The Panthers will open their USA South Conference slate with a 2 p.m. matchup against Methodist on Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, N.C.