By Kyle Roberts
Both Ruston soccer squads put up shut-outs on Senior Day with the boys winning 8-0 over River Oaks first and the girls following with a 1-0 win over Grant.
“It was a great Senior Day,” Ruston head boys’ soccer coach Erich Hankamer said. “A lot of seniors got on the score sheet either with a goal or an assist. It was a big win for us today.”
Jack Elliot scored first in the fifth minute with Austin Guillory following two minutes later off an assist by Koy Tolar. Elliot added another goal off an assist from Carter Tims at the ninth minute mark.
Jaiden Langiulli put Ruston up 4-0 shortly after with his first goal of the day thanks to another Tims’ assist. Langiulli added another goal in the 30th minute with Rodolfo Landaverde giving the assist. Franklin Ulloa scored Ruston’s sixth goal with another assist from Landaverde in the 35th.
Christopher Harps scored in the 43rd minute off Landaverde’s third assist, and Langiulli score Ruston’s final goal of the day with an assist from Ulloa in the 54th.
Trenton Richard recorded his third shut out of the season en route to the 8-0 win.
On the girls side, Ruston knocked off Grant 1-0 in dramatic fashion after Mia Tapia scored the only goal of the day for either team in the last few minutes of the second half from 23 yards out. Ashlynn Cripps was credited with the assist all the way from the back line after sending off a ball with a goal kick.
“It was a great ending to a match where we had more than half the possessions on the day, but Grant had a great goal keeper,” Ruston head coach Jacquelyn Bean said. “We had four different players that had shots on goal; we just couldn’t find the back of the net. We were encouraging them on, to find a goal, to keep it on our end of the field. We had subbed only once in the entire second half and the team needed that push. Sometimes the words you’ve said over and over before during the match just hit differently. The girls responded and stepped up, creating that chance which led to the shot and goal only 60 seconds later.”
Tapia’s goal left now doubt for Bean or her assistants when it went off her foot.
“It was gorgeous,” Bean said. “Top bins from 22-23 yards out; shots like that can’t be stopped. Mia has created the winning shot three times for us this season.”
The girls (6-5-3) and boys (6-6-1) will both return to action Tuesday, Jan. 24, for their final home games of the season.
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