Dawson Karup scored two goals and had three assists, and Billy Ramirez also scored twice as Smoky Mountain defeated Swain 5-0 in a non-conference soccer game Sept. 16 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
The Mustangs pulled away from a 1-0 halftime lead.
“We’ve been doing a pretty good job of jumping on teams early, but we’ve struggled to stay on them,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “We scored 11 minutes into the game then we let them hang around. We were not focused for much of the first half, but we had a come to Jesus moment at halftime and in the second half played much better. We connected on some opportunities and tightened up better defensively.”
The 1-0 halftime lead came on a header by Ramirez off of Karup’s corner kick in the 11th minute.
“Dawson sent a nice ball into the front post,” Brown said. “Billy had a run onto it, and he had a nice header.”
Karup’s penalty kick after a foul in the box made it 2-0 less than three minutes into the second half.
The margin reached 3-0 in the 55th minute when Ramirez again scored off of Karup’s corner kick.
“It was great work by both of those guys,” Brown said.
Karup’s shot from 12 yards out extended the lead to 4-0 in the 63rd minute.
“He took a couple of dribbles from around the 18 and had a nice strike at the keeper,” the coach said.
Hunter Pressley scored the final goal from 13 yards out with an assist from Karup in the 69th minute.
“The ball came in the box,” Brown said. “Swain didn’t clear it, and Dawson found it at his feet. He got it to Hunter, who ripped it past the keeper from about 13 yards out.”
The Mustangs had a 19-6 advantage in shots. SM’s Zeb Sink had three saves, and Noel Wolf made12 for the Maroon Devils.