East Ascension scored its first goal with less than four minutes into the contest and added five second half goals on way to a, 7-0, opening District 6-1 victory over St. Amant Friday night at Spartan Stadium .


“We were only one shy of full strength tonight and that helps us and takes a lot of pressure off our defense,” East Ascension head coach Reuben Ruiz said. “We made a few changes with how we play tonight and I think that came into effect with the early goal. We pretty much dominated the game. I didn’t expect we would dominate this much but we are happy with it.”


East Ascension scored its first goal with less than four minutes into the contest and added five second half goals on way to a, 7-0, opening District 6-1 victory over St. Amant Friday night at Spartan Stadium .

“We were only one shy of full strength tonight and that helps us and takes a lot of pressure off our defense,” East Ascension head coach Reuben Ruiz said. “We made a few changes with how we play tonight and I think that came into effect with the early goal. We pretty much dominated the game. I didn’t expect we would dominate this much but we are happy with it.”

Miquel Medrano’s goal to the left corner put East Ascension ahead three minutes, 32 seconds into the contest.

“Anytime you get an early goal in this game, it is big,” Ruiz said. “That immediately put their backs to the wall forcing them to try to make it up. Going into half-time with a two goal lead was big. We started (opening district with St. Amant) early last year. It will be a tough run.”

East Ascension goal keeper Chad Leodler corralled Brad Creed’s shot from Chase Keller’s throw in before St. Amant goal keeper Michael McDonald stopped Blake Parr’s shot.

Carlos Hermosillo put the Spartans on the board again with a driving shot pass McDonald to the center of the goal with 14:21 left to play in the half.

“They are good and when they play with confidence, it makes them even better,” St. Amant head coach Adrian Garcia said.  “I thought we did all right. We made them take difficult shots and their goals were nice. There is only so much you can do when they put it in the corner of the goal and their forwards did what they do. They score goals. Luckily we have a lot more games. We knew going into this one it would be tough. We love playing them on this date but now we just have to get ready for the next game.”

Vallin’s direct kick was caught by McDonald before Jeff Weinell got the goal keeper out before hitting the side bar. Justin Ruiz’s shot then hit the crossbar before Parr, Weinell and Ruiz’s shots were off goal.

Mitchel Sekulich’s shot was wide right before Leodler leaped out of the goal to catch Jaxon Lambert’s direct kick.

“They had a couple runs but getting those starters back in we were able to compensate and cover,” Ruiz said. “It feels good to have everybody back on the field and it shows tonight that it makes a difference having everybody healthy.”

Parr connected on a direct kick to the left corner of the goal over defenders to open the second half less than two minutes in. Medrano fed Ahmad Gauthreaux inside four minutes later to give East Ascension a 4-0 lead.

“Their forwards did such a good job that a lot of our attackers had to stay back and help defend and we weren’t able to push the ball up as much as we would have liked,” Garcia said.

Ruiz and Parr’s shots were wide left before McDonald reflected Ruiz’s direct kick over the top and Weinell headed Vallin’s corner kick out of bounds.

Lambert’s direct kick went over the goal before a header off his throw in was caught by Leodler.

Vallin’s  drive to the left bottom of the goal put East Ascension ahead 5-0 with 17:48 left to play before Samir Martinez got McDonald out of the goal and dribbled around two minutes later.

The final goal came with under two minutes remaining when Edwin Morales headed in a corner kick.