The Carroll College men's soccer team scored three goals in less than four minutes of play and outshot Wall Walla 47-2 en route to a 4-0 win over the Wolves to close out the regular season at Nelson Stadium on Sunday.
The two teams got off to a slow start, but got things going in the 28th minute with two goals in less than 20 seconds. The first came on a long cross from Henry Smaldon to Sam Malouf. The ball settled in front of the goal and Malouf sent it past the keeper to put Carroll up 1-0.
The Saints scored again when, just 15 seconds later, a Walla Walla defender's attempt to clear a corner kick was deflected right to Javi Navas just outside the box. He sent the ball far post to give Carroll a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute.
Smaldon added to his stat line in the 32nd minute when Raliey Prescot sent the ball into Zach Waldher, whose header found Smaldon all alone. He capitalized with his third goal in two matches.
The 3-0 score would hold until halftime, but just over a minute after the break Eli Fox would score with an assist from Dylan Allen to give the Saints a 4-0 lead that would be the final score.
The win locks up the conference's fifth seed for the Saints, who will meet fourth-seeded Southern Oregon in the first round of the Cascade Conference playoffs. SOU topped Carroll 3-1 last week.
"I think going in we thought we would probably get a few more goals, but their goalie made some good saves," coach Doug Mello said. "Winning 4-0 and dominating the match is something to build on heading into the conference tournament, and now we set our sights on Southern Oregon, who we are excited to play again."
The Saints played 24 players in the match and both backup goalkeepers saw time; Dominic Beauboeuef started the match and Daniel Bradt played the final half.
"It was great to see our goalies get into the game and get some of the younger guys in while giving some nicked-up guys some rest," Mello said. "Now we shift our focus to get a couple of good days of practice in and prepare for Southern Oregon."
Sunday's contest was the final home game for seniors Jacob Groh, Adrian White, Waldher and Allen. A special moment came late in the match when all four checked into the match for one final time on the pitch at Nelson Stadium.
"The crowd was great for the seniors; all four of those guys have contributed immensely to the success of our program," Mello said. "We are going to miss their leadership and their abilities going forward, but they still have an opportunity to make a run in the conference tournament and do something special."
The Saints and Raiders kick off at 8 p.m. Friday at Willamalane Park in Springfield, Oregon.