By Roger LaLonde
Smarts and speed, a winning combination for the Marco Island Charter Middle School boys soccer team.
The Eagles won their ninth game without a loss, overpowering First Baptist Academy, 10-0 on Monday.
The Eagles scored within the first 30 seconds, with a booming shot by Cody Young. It continued when Kole Bartos made a nice pass to Young who slammed the ball into the left hand corner of the net.
First Baptist goalie Matthew Powers made some nice saves, but the Eagles just kept coming.
Overall, Young had three goals, Chris Nyhus, Kole and Kyle Bartos two each and McMullen’s single goal.
“Colin can pretty much score whenever he wants,” coach Mike Vanderjagt said of the powerfully built eighth grader who also starred on the school’s football team.
Nyhus and Chris Gengenbach control the middle, while Josh Wagner, Cesar Lora and Omar Rodriguez are keys on the back line for defense. Jay Vanderjagt, a natural athlete, gets better each game as goal keeper, dad Mike said.
The team has such great balance that it seemed the players were entwined, even when subs came in. Other players include Even Meredith, Jordan Barrett, Cameron Ragan, Jordan Canady, Ben Lopez, Santi Ruiz and Antonio Andrade.
Mike Vanderjagt expects his team to be seriously tested when it plays at Manatee Middle School at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for the Eagles first Collier County Public Schools game. The team will be without Nyhus and the Bartos brothers as they play on a Naples traveling team.
“It will be a challenge, but we have a strong team,” Vanderjagt said.