The Fort Mill boys’ soccer team got its second win on the season with a shutout Saturday morning against the May River Sharks.
Fort Mill won 5-0, with four of those goals coming in the first half to lock up a comfortable lead by halftime. The Jackets are now 2-5-1 on the season with the win.
Brayden Hunsucker got the scoring started early for Fort Mill scoring the first of his two goals in the game. Hunsucker drilled the ball into the back of the net just 2:10 into the game to put the Jackets on top 1-0.
Fort Mill controlled the game and possession for most of the game and continued to pace the game as their scoring opportunities came often in the first half. Braden Gritz punched one in just seven minutes later scoring in the ninth minute.
The action slowed down some after that as Fort Mill still controlled possession, but May River was able to tighten its defense some making the Jackets work hard for their next two goals.
Those goals came after Fort Mill chipped away at the May River defense throughout the next 20 minutes. That hammering away of the Sharks defense led to them getting frustrated as it resulted in a penalty kick for the Jackets. Fort Mill’s Ryan Seitz pushed the score to 3-0 after the kick in the 27th minute.
About nine minutes later, Gabriel Solis put Fort Mill up 4-0 before the half scoring in the 36th minute.
After the half, Fort Mill added one more goal on another Hunsucker kick about eight minutes into the second half.
The win, although relatively easy, gave the Jackets a confidence boost after they have faced some top tier competition to open the season.
“My schedule is not meant to be soft,” said Fort Mill head coach Mark Seren. “It hardens us.”
Fort Mill this year has already faced Catawba Ridge twice, defending 4A state champion Eastside, 2A powerhouse Oceanside Collegiate and 5A force Chapin.
“We are trying to be battle ready for region,” Seren said. “We have talked a lot lately about being consistent.”
With the Milltown Tournament and the Bryan Ostrower Showcase to open the season, Fort Mill had just two more non-region games left against Dorman and Andrew Jackson. The Dorman match is their next game as they travel to Dorman Friday, March 10.
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org, @fortprep