By Mike Battreall For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON: Cirmcumstances sent the Anderson Indians boys soccer squad to Anderson University’s Macholtz Stadium Saturday for its game against Hauser.
The Indians took full advantage of the Ravens’ artificial turf and flew to a 5-0 win over the Jets, behind Wes Erny’s hat trick.
It was the third victory this week for Anderson, which improved to 7-2-1.
Anderson led 4-0 at the half and Erny completed the scoring in the first minute of the second half, and that gave coach Chris Spolyar some luxury.
“One of the good things is we also got a lot of the guys that hadn’t seen the field too much a lot of playing time,” he said. “We had an opportunity to rest some of the starters more than we have because (next Saturday), we start the (North Central) Conference tournament.”
The Indians absolutely dominated play in the first 41 minutes, outshooting Hauser (5-3) 14-0, with five of the shots successful ones.
Erny started it off with a 10-yard strike over the left of the goalkeeper, in the 11th minute.
Ben Gray rebounded a shot by Tyler Smithers at the end of a breakaway in the 23rd minute, and the Indians were up 2-0.
In the 29th minute, Miguel Contreras had a shot go off a defender and trickle in.
A minute later, Erny scored on a header off a corner kick. The senior got his 16th goal of the year right after the second half began, by stealing the ball from a Jet, dribbling past the keeper and tapping it through.
It took 44 minutes before Hauser could launch a shot on net. It was actually two on a sequence, with Damon Spaeth tipping away the rebound try.
Spaeth ended up facing seven shots and earned his fourth clean sheet of the season. Anderson ended with 17 shots.
“(Saturday) was good and God decided to give us some good weather and stop the rain,” Spolyar said. “We had a good afternoon.”
The match was originally scheduled for the AU soccer field, as the high school’s Collier Field was being used for a JV football game. Because heavy rain in the morning caused the grass surface to become unplayable, it was transferred to Macholtz Stadium.
The Indians won for the third time on an artificial surface, including 2-1 Thursday at Marion. Erny had both goals against the Giants (6-1-1, 2-1 NCC).
“I’m old school; I like the grass,” Spolyar said. “But we’re seeing a lot more (schools) go to it. It’s a faster tempo and a faster game when we’re on this, but the guys like it and that’s what’s important, is their comfort