Magicians put on a show against Legacy in a 6-1 win
Courage Amsbury raced down the field, intent on doing damage.
With a Legacy defender by his side, the senior forward swung his leg back and unloaded a powerful strike. The shot skidded along the grass and past the outstretched hands of the goalie, smacking the back of the net.
A mere 41 seconds were shaved off the clock in the first half. It would be a long night for the Sabers.
The Magicians left no doubt on Thursday, crushing Legacy at home, 6-1. If it weren’t for their jerseys, it would have been hard to believe that the high-scoring marksmen were the same players that totaled just one goal in the team’s home-opening loss to Bismarck High on Aug. 23.
The Magicians ambushed the Sabers from the opening kick, setting the tempo with two goals in the first two minutes.
“I think we were extremely motivated tonight,” head coach Creighton Bachmeier said. “(Scoring early) was huge. It allowed guys to play more freely, trust the system and see what they’re capable of doing.”
With the Sabers reeling, Kameron Foley delivered the knockout punch. The sophomore forward launched a shot that froze the Legacy goalie as it went in for the score with 28 minutes left in the first half.
After allowing what turned out to be the only Legacy goal of the night, the Magicians entered the half with a commanding 3-1 advantage.
It was more of the same in the second half as Jordin Lennon got in on the fun. The freshman forward found himself in the perfect position, collecting a loose ball off a deflection from the Legacy goalie and putting it away for the score.
The Magicians went on to add another two goals in the blowout, finishing with a convincing 6-1 victory. Both Lennon and Amsbury finished with two goals apiece in a match where Minot never let up.
“Coach (Bachmeier) told us to just keep stepping on the gas,” Lennon said. “This is a Legacy team that we know is on the rise, so we didn’t want to let up.”
The Magicians hope to stay hot as they prepare for a home matchup against Bismarck Century on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
“Games like this just nurture confidence,” Bachmeier said. “It’s so much easier when you’re playing fun soccer, but it’s still going to come down to preparation these next few days.”
Justin Martinez covers Minot High School and
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