The DeKalb County High School Soccer Tigers posted eight goals in each half against district foe, Smith County, and fell just one goal shy of a program record for goals in a match, as they crushed the Owls, 16-1, Tuesday in Smithville.
The Tigers scored two goals within the game's first two minutes, and added a third before the ten minute mark. By the 18th minute, DC had a 4-0 advantage. Ryan Leiser and Zach Wilbur posted the game's first two goals, while Juan Ruiz and Brandon Puckett knocked in the next two. Ruiz accounted for his second goal, which made it a 5-0 game, and Leiser's second goal at the 33rd minute of the half, extended the lead to 6-0. Travis Menix and Jesus Rivera each added goals in the final two minutes of the half, which gave the Tigers an 8-0 lead at the intermission.
The bombardment of Smith County goal-keeper, Dylan Waggoner, continued in the second half, as Josh Lester booted home the ninth goal in the eighth minute. Puckett scored his second goal two minutes later, and Wilbur tallied his second score in another two minutes, which gave DC an 11-0 edge.
Cody Myrick, Steven McCormick and Francisco Rodriguez all lined up for second half goals, which extended the margin to 14-0. Smith County finally nudged a goal past Tiger back-up goal-keeper, Weston Rhody, with six minutes left in the match, but Brad Micheals and Rodriguez tacked on another goal apiece to close out the rout.
The Tiger soccer team improves to 3-4 overall and to 3-1 in District 7-A/AA. DeKalb County will host White County, Friday night, at 6:30 p.m.