FARMINGTON – Farmington junior Bryce Sancegraw posted a hat-trick before halftime, and added five goals onto his already-record breaking campaign during a soccer match against Saxony Lutheran on Thursday.
Sancegraw surpassed Pete Grindel as the all-time leading scorer for Farmington soccer in a victory against Poplar Bluff on Tuesday.
Junior Tristan Stotler notched the only other goal for the Knights on Thursday, as they shut out the Crusaders 6-0. He took an assist from Sancegraw in-stride and in close for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Sancegraw followed by dribbling through three defenders at the top of the box to find an opening, and created a 2-0 advantage less than a minute later.
Cameron Friend assisted on the next goal for Farmington (17-3) in the 21st minute with a pass that traveled through a defender’s legs and found the feet of Sancegraw.
Farmington senior captain Jackson Schrum aided the fourth goal to complete Sancegraw’s hat-trick eight minutes before halftime. Schrum attacked at the side of the goal and connected with a with a wide-open Sancegraw 14-yards out.
Saxony Lutheran (11-10) interrupted multiple early scoring chances for Farmington and maintained an effective defense through the opening 10 minutes. However, Farmington became more physical to work its way near the goal and score.
Derek Wisdom of Farmington and Saxony Lutheran junior Zach Meyr collided heavily in attempt to corral a cleared ball and received the first two yellow cards of the evening in the 23rd minute.
Just seconds later, Ian Asher was issued a yellow card for delaying the game by standing too close to an opposing free kick. The Knights finished with 11 fouls while the Crusaders had four.
Farmington maintained a powerful attack late in the first half with three accurate through passes in the last five minutes, but none resulted in goals.
Saxony Lutheran was held to just two shot attempts in the first half.
Sancegraw quickly created a one-on-one break against Garrett Richey three minutes into the second half, and got past the defender to score from 8 yards out for a 5-0 lead.
In the 50th minute, Stotler started a rush by speeding past two defenders along the visiting side and led Sancegraw, who hurdled the sliding keeper before netting the sixth Farmington goal.
Chad Silvey had two for Farmington and Trenton Berghaus added two in the final eight minutes in a combined shutout. Brayden Williams tallied eight saves for the Crusaders.
The Knights surrendered two prime scoring chances in the second half due to offside calls. They still dominated time of possession, however, and continued with attempts to widen the lead.
Farmington ended with 23 shots at the goal while the opposition had eight.
The defensive aggression subsided greatly in the second half by each side until Farmintgon junior Kody Winch received a yellow during the final two minutes for being too physical.