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Boys sweep Spartan Classic Soccer tourney

Solon rolls up 24 goals in three matches to open season
Junior Jorel Justus looks for his teammates as he runs down a ball on the edge of the field during Solon’s match against Bellevue Marquette Catholic.

SOLON– The Spartans opened the season with a bang.
The Solon varsity boys soccer team racked up 24 goals in three matches while hosting the Spartan Classic Soccer Tournament Saturday, March 31, in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans went 3-0 for the day, opening with a 9-0 drubbing of Monticello before rolling over Bellevue Marquette Catholic, 10-0. Solon ended the afternoon with a 5-0 win over Mediapolis. Solon’s defense stifled the three teams in the shut-outs, with senior keeper Eric Weetman collecting two saves against Monticello in his only opportunities for the day.
Meanwhile, the Spartan offense was chugging along.
Junior Jorel Justus started with five goals against Monticello in the opener, and ended the tournament with eight total. Senior Isaac Vang had four for the day, while junior Luke Yetley added three.
Against Monticello, Justus was supported with two goals from Vang and one each from junior Ben McAtee and Luke Yetley, who had three assists. Freshman Gabe Yetley had two assists, while junior Luke McInnis and sophomore Bennett Meier each added one. The Spartans took 33 shots on the Monticello goal. That kept Monticello keeper Noel Halder busy, with 20 saves against his nine goals allowed.
Seven different Solon players scored against Bellevue. Justus, McInnis and Luke Yetley each scored twice, with one of McInnis’ coming from a corner kick across a stiff wind. Sophomore Braxton Hobbs, McAtee, Vang and Gabe Yetley each contributed a goal to the effort.
The Spartans only had four assists against Bellevue– two for Justus, and one each for Hobbs and Luke Yetley.
Senior Ryan Sears relieved Weetman in the goal for a portion of the game.
Seniors Nick Radcliffe and Logan Yakish jumped into the scoring column in the final match against Mediapolis, joining Justus, Vang and Gabe Yetley in the 5-0 win. McInnis was credited with the team’s only two assists.
The Spartans got off to a similar start in 2017, a year which they finished with a 16-6 record overall and in second place in the WaMaC Conference East Division. Solon lost only four seniors from that squad, including Ben Carr, team leader in assists and second in goals.
But leading scorer Luke Yetley returns, along with three of the team’s top five scoring threats from last season and nine starters overall.
Head Coach Jeremy McMurrin thinks the depth and experience of the team will be one of its strengths. McMurrin entered his 14th year at the helm with a 155-76-5 record and said the 2018 Spartans will be running a new formation and style of play.
The Spartans travel to South Tama Friday, April 6, and return home to host Albia and Prince of Peace in another tournament Saturday, April 7. The Marion Indians come to Solon Monday, April 9.