Strasburg boys shut out Hawks

STRASBURG – Strasburg midfielder Kyle Tiemeyer tried three times before scoring his first goal of the season Monday night, but after that one went through the Rams were successful in shutting out Skyline 5-0 in their first boys’ soccer match of the season.

Tiemeyer, a junior, and reliable Josh Medrano put two scores across to match Tiemeyer, and reserve Jacob Walker knocked in another as the Rams scored their most goals against anybody in recent years.

The victory in coach Joel Ross’ first game of the season came against a 1-2 Hawks team in a non-conference game. The Rams accomplished four victories last year.

For Tiemeyer, also a capable defender, the effort represented his best effort, obviously, since scoring two goals last year. Medrano scored five goals for the Rams last season.

“Kyle Tiemeyer is a youngster who has been in our program starting from his freshman season. He has played every position – with the exception of goalkeeper or central defender. He does a lot of things well,” said Ross.

Tiemeyer is just one of the players on the team that has been with Ross for a while. Many in the junior class have developed over the last three years.

Yet, Ross, despite his team’s win over Skyline, warned his players not to get too far ahead of themselves.

“Well, I tried those three attempts and nothing was going in, but finally I made a goal and I was able to relax afterward,” Tiemeyer said.

Josh Medrano scored the team’s first goal of the season about 19 minutes in. He took a ball that lay briefly alone in front of the Skyline goal and sent it in.

Tiemeyer scored his first goal on a breakway in the second half, then knocked in another one shortly afterward. Medrano and Walker also scored in the first half.

Strasburg controlled the stats. They attempted seven shots on goal in the first half and 14 in the second for a total 21 attempts at goal.

Conversely, Skyline tried two shots in the first half. The Hawks attempted four shots on goal in the second half.

In all, Tiemeyer tried seven shots on goal. He made a nice steal late in play on a loose ball Skyline was inches from kicking in.

Mason Carter tried one goal and had two corner kicks, neither of which resulted in scores. Justin Carr had one attempt and a penalty kick and Vinny Volpini had three shots on goal for Strasburg.

Michael Smith attempted two goals for the hawks.

Sophomore keeper Stephen McInturff was hot. He saved nine shots in all for the Hawks.

“He’s young and he’s coming along,” said Skyline coach Steve Carey.