The third-ranked Northwestern Trojans continued their hot start with a 6-0 win Friday night over Nation Ford, which dropped its second straight match.
The Trojans scored four first-half goals – two from junior Bailey Woolley and a pair from senior Julian Welborn.
“I am happy with the results and the performance,” said Northwestern coach Dom Wren. “But I don’t think we are where we need to be yet. We need to correct little mistakes. Those little things make a big difference.”
Those mistakes Wren mentioned were barely noticeable by most observers.
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Northwestern wasted no time getting on the board with a penalty kick just 45 seconds into the game from Woolley. Nation Ford tried to regroup, but the Trojans’ defense held strong as the Falcons struggled to cross midfield.
Northwestern controlled the pace and used the sides of the field well to move the ball. Welborn did just that moments after the Trojans’ opening goal, breaking free after a push down the left side and punching the ball into the back of the net.
Welborn would get off a second shot about four minutes later, but the Falcons got lucky as the ball bounced off the crossbar and was cleared by Nation Ford keeper Cameron Roberts.
Northwestern stayed aggressive beating Nation Ford to the ball on several possessions and maintaining control of the ball. When Nation Ford was able to cross midfield, they struggled to keep control.
The Falcons tried to put together a couple of runs on offense, but getting into position to take shots proved difficult.
The Falcons’ defense improved as the first half wore on, keeping the ball away from Northwestern on a more consistent basis, allowing the Falcons’ to hang around.
But the Trojans’ aggressiveness paid off again as Welborn added his second goal of the game after controlling a cross to go one-on-one with Roberts, blasting the ball past the keeper.
Northwestern would gain full control of the game on a free kick about 90 seconds before the half as Woolley slipped past several defenders and other Trojans’ players to give the Trojans’ a commanding 4-0 lead.
The second half wasn’t much different for both squads. Nation Ford got a couple of clear shots on goal with about 26 minutes left in the game, but Trojans senior keeper Cody Jones was there to gobble them up.
Northwestern would add two more goals late. The first came with the help of a throw-in with about 16 minutes left, as senior Charlie Robles scored on the second of two attempts off the sideline toss. The second came as junior Delvin Young got an open look with about 12 minutes left, streaking down the left side and hooking the ball past the keeper.
Nation Ford head coach Elton Ramey had high praise for the Trojans after the game.
“I am surprised they were that good,” Ramey said. “I knew they were going to be good because they are Northwestern, but they are better than I through they would be. I didn’t expect that out of them. They are very well coached.”
Northwestern 6, Nation Ford 0
NW – Bailey Woolley, 0:45
NW – Julian Welborn, 4:30
NW –Welborn, 32:17
NW – Woodley, 38:30
NW – Charlie Robles, 64:38
NW – Delvin Young, 69:40
Shots on goal: Northwestern 8, Nation Ford 2.
Corner kicks: Northwestern 3, Nation Ford 0.
Saves: Cody Jones (NW) 2, Cameron Roberts (NF) 1.
Records: Northwestern 7-0-2, 4-0 Region III-AAAA; Nation Ford 3-5-0, 2-2 Region III-AAAA.