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Knights' offense wakes up against Dayton

DAYTON - In its most productive game of the season the offense of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team game alive yesterday in a non-league match against the Dayton Bulldogs.

Nine players scored for the Knights as SCHS rolled to a 14-1 victory, just their third of the year.

The Knights' Devon Swofford started the onslaught in the fourth minute of play with agoal.

SCHS Coach Tim DeGroot said the weather was cold but dry, with gusts of wind. Because of this DeGroot said he substituted heavily, keeping everyone loose.

Steven Bosma and Nathan Groenewold each recorded hat tricks for SCHS.

"Steven is just so fast," DeGroot said. "Nathan has great footwork. They both know where they need to be when they don't have the ball. That's key."

Other Knights scoring for SCHS were Ryker Van Belle with two goals and Steven Broersma, Jacob Oswalt, Jackson Haak, Tim DeVries, Swofford and Deo Suveera each had one.

"After that first goal they pretty much just kept flowing," DeGroot said.

Dayton's Tucker Blessinger helped the Bulldogs avoid the shutout with a goal in the 76th minute of play.

Despite the lopsided score, DeGroot said the Bulldogs never quit and called them a neat bunch of kids.

Another bright spot for the Knights was the play of freshman Ricky Driesen at keeper. The young player recorded eight saves during the game.

"Ricky had a really good game," DeGroot added. "It's neat when a freshman comes in and does things. I was very pleased. He did a good job; he knows where he needs to be."

The Knights had 31 shots on the Dayton goal, with the Bulldogs using three keepers to record 14 saves.

SCHS (1-4, 3-8) will travel to Yakima today, Oct. 21, for a 4 p.m. game with Riverside Christian High School.

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