For what it’s worth, Evergreen got all the scores they needed in the first 2:42 of the game.
But by the time they were done, the Vikings scored eight more times — with an offensive assault that came from a number of players — in a 10-1 romp over Swanton.
The Vikings are now 12-3 on the season.
“This is the kind of game that you just have to manage bodies,” said Evergreen Coach Dave Skoczyn. “You manage playing time and get people involved which we did.”
Evergreen took the lead with 2:22 gone in the first half when Riley Dunbar picked off an errant Bulldog touch, went left-right-left through the defense and scored into the right side of the net.
It took just 20 seconds for Evergreen to double the lead.
Tyson Woodring bumped a crossing pass to Alex Peete and Peete one-timed it into the net from the left side.
The goals then came in a blur.
Evan Lumbrezer scored on a header off Elijah Hernandez’ free kick, then fed Woodring with a punch pass from the middle for another goal just 36 seconds apart around the 28 minute mark.
Lumbrezer scored on yet another header on Brodie Setmire’s feed from the right side at the 25:42 mark of the first to make it 5-0.
Hayden Callicotte put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at 23:14 mark, with a goal off a bad pass that drew the ire of Skoczyn.
“Oh yeah, especially when the pass went over Elijah’s head and (goalie) Jon (Burnep) was too far out of the net. You know Callicotte is fast and he’s a very good player. We were supposed to be marking him and we didn’t do it.”
However, Lumbrezer got that goal back only 27 seconds later on a centering dish from Setmire to push the Vikes back up five, 6-1.
With Skoczyn subbing liberally, Lanegan Smallman scored his first goal of the year from the left side with a crossing shot into the right side of the net on an assist from Konnor Sanford.
In the second half, Skoczyn thought his team actually played better with three more Vikings finding the back of the net.
Nick Rozinski got a nice centering push from Peete and drove a left-footer into the left side.
Woodring found Hernandez on a corner kick with yet another goal on a header, and Setmire found the net for the first time this season on a penalty kick.
“That’s what we want,” Skoczyn said of eight different Vikings finding the tally sheet. “It’s all about the team not about individuals. We’ve talked about that for the last few weeks now and if someone wants to play us as an individual type team, and play that way then that’s fine. We are not an individual team we are a team and pretty connected right now.
“I actually thought we played better in the second half,” Skoczyn added. “The first couple goals we scored were really quality stuff. I challenged the boys because I really thought we were sloppy at the end of the first half, but we picked it up and everyone played better in the second half.”
Evergreen took 25 shots at the goal while Swanton had 12.
Burnep had five saves for the Vikes, the most difficult was a drive by Callicotte late in the game that the lanky senior made a diving stop across his body.
Evergreen finishes the regular season at Whitmer Thursday before playing in a Division III sectional final at home Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Swanton plays at Pettisville in a sectional semifinal game Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.