Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Soccer Blanks Wichita North in Regional, 4-0

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Soccer Blanks Wichita North in Regional, 4-0

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It took Washburn Rural just two minutes to claim a lead in its state regional battle with Wichita North. The Junior Blues never relinquished that advantage and avenged a disappointing exit from regionals a year ago.

Goal-scorer extraordinaire Austin Halsey booted home a header pass from Joah Hickel to give Rural the lead that escaped them last year against Manhattan. Halsey, who recently became his school's all- time leading scorer, added another goal and an assist in the 4-0 win.

"We emphasized that we want to get off to a good start, and we got it going in the first two minutes," said Rural coach Brian Hensyel. "Then we scored another one in the first couple of minutes of the second half, so the starts of both halves were huge to us.

"That's what you want when you're the higher seed, playing at home. Sometimes when you can get an early goal it gives you an advantage. If you don't get something going early, you will let the other team hang around and make it close. Then it can flip on you if it stays close."

Rural mounted a relentless attack in the first 20 minutes, having two goals wiped out by offsides penalties. Halsey finally headed in a corner kick from Ross Boyd with 11:33 left in the first half to put the Junior Blues up, 2-0.

Just after the half, Brayden White scored on another assist from Hickel. Nathaniel Ayala-Hinkle finished off the scoring with on a pass from Halsey. Goalie Jordan Setayesh, meanwhile, preserved the shutout of the visiting Redskins.

With the win over Wichita North, Rural advanced to the state South Central quarterfinal round -- one of eight teams remaining in the playoffs. Rural will host a quarterfinal game Tuesday night. With a win in that contest, Rural would be one of four teams to qualify for the state championship round at Hummer Sports Complex on Nov. …

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