Junior forward Eduin DelCid scored a career-high six goals to help lead the Woodlawn boys soccer team to its 10th straight victory.
DelCid scored three goals in the first seven minutes as Woodlawn surged to a 5-0 lead at halftime over visiting Central on Wednesday night. The Panthers added three goals in the next 20 minutes and defeated Central 8-0 in a shortened mercy-rule game.
DelCid, who had four goals in the first half and leads Woodlawn with 33 goals in 11 games, added two goals in the first eight minutes of the second half. His final goal was a 30-yard shot to the top of the net.
His previous best for goals scored was five.
Woodlawn (10-3-1) improves to 3-0 in Division II, District 4. Central (7-8, 2-1) was outshot 20-5 in the game.
“When whistle blows, I encourage our guys to get after it and set the tone,” Woodlawn coach Andrew Barnes said. “We had a really good start with two goals in the first five minutes. From there we just settled in.”
DelCid was a midfielder last season but moved to forward this season. Midfielders Igor Castillo-Veliz and Jacob Barnes had three assists each. Wesley Barrios scored the final goal of the first half and junior Vincent Raymond added the last goal on a nice run with a finish on an outside foot touch. Brennan Arcenaux assisted on DelCid’s first goal and Sammy Saleh had the assist to Raymond.
“The midfielders did a good job of getting me the ball, and I just did my job,” said the 5-foot-2 DelCid, who was born in Honduras. “I’ve been playing soccer all my life. I really like playing forward. Winning our 10th straight game is exciting. We’re playing well.”
Central coach Wes Melton said DelCid is one of the best players his team has faced this season.
“DelCid has great touch and good field vision,” Melton said. “I knew we’d have to play our absolute best to keep it close. They caught us on a bad night.”
Melton said senior midfielder Ross Melton and defenders Fernando Perez and Noah Fralick played well for the Wildcats.
“We’ve got two district games left, and anything can still happen,” Melton said. “If we play our game, we should be fine going forward.”
Woodlawn’s back line is led by Jymiri George, Edin Rodriguez and Michael Poor.
“Everything starts with our defensive back line,” Barnes said. “They’re playing really well. Overall this is one of more talented teams we’ve had in a while. “We’ll see what we do. We’re exciting about being in Division II.”