The Shoemaker Grey Wolves’ snowball is going uphill. And building steam.
Demarcus Kennedy scored two goals, Angel Jasso scored one and assisted another and the Grey Wolves won for the second time in three games, 5-0, over Killeen on Tuesday at Shoemaker.
Shoemaker (8-14-1, 2-8-1 8-5A) started its District 8-5A slate with seven straight losses, but the Grey Wolves’ 3-2 win against Temple started something.
“That one win against Temple pumped us up,” Kennedy said. “We’re just coming together, meshing together. ... We finally won, so we got pumped up and our defense is like, ‘I’m going to keep this together.’”
Shoemaker goalkeeper Trevor Ganske posted his first shutout this season and the Grey Wolves’ defense limited Killeen (6-12-2, 2-9) to just 11 shots.
After outshooting Killeen 11-4 in the first half for its 2-0 lead at the break, Shoemaker’s first two shots of the second half both found the back of the net.
Jasso scored 59 seconds into the second half to gave the Grey Wolves a 3-0 lead on an assist from Natzul Pozo and Kennedy scored less than eight minutes later in the 47th minute. Ray
Alvarado added the final score with an arching corner kick that hit the mark in the 75th minute.
“We’ve had a big problem with not being aggressive on offense,” said Shoemaker coach Greg Jordan. “We finally started getting behind the defense and sending the ball through for aggressive play and it’s paying off. ... We got some buy-in tonight and everybody played well.”
In between the Grey Wolves’ first two goals of the second half, the Roos had two corner kicks, a penalty kick and another shot saved by Ganske. Eric Cowans’ header off one of the corner kicks bounced off the crossbar. Killeen had just three shots the rest of the match.
“They pushed, they took shots. They took a chance, took a shot, that’s all that matters, get the ball in the back of the net,” said Killeen coach Sylvester Jallah.
Kennedy gave the Grey Wolves a 1-0 lead on his goal in the 7th minute off a lob pass from Horacio De la Pena. Aquila Nixon added another when he squirted out from between three Killeen defenders to give the Grey Wolves a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute off Jasso’s assist.
“We kinda slacked at the beginning of the season. Then, our practices got way better and better and we started showing improvement,” Jasso said. “By that time, you’re play every team again. By then, we knew what’s going on, and we started playing how we’re supposed to play. And it showed.”
Shoemaker hasn’t lost since before its 3-2 win over Temple last Tuesday night. The Grey Wolves led 1-0 at Copperas Cove on Friday before having to settle for a 1-1 tie playing without Jasso.
“We’re finally starting to jell, (they’re) starting to believe in themselves,” Jordan said. “This was a great result for us. We did really well tonight.”