The Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants flattened the Lakeview Spartans in Battle Creek Monday, 6-1. K-Central needed only 3:03 to score the game’s opening goal, as Paulo Alcala put it in off a Nickolai Vargas corner.
Midway through the first, Breven Brill pushed the lead to 2-0. The Spartans had four corner kicks in the final ten minutes of the first half, but couldn’t convert. With 2:53 before halftime, freshman Ben Stafford took off and scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season for a 3-0 advantage at the break.
Lakeview found some hope on a Skyler Sebring score just over two minutes into the second. However, the Maroon Giants held them from there and added three more goals for good measure. Midway through the second, Vargas scored. In the 75th minute, Brill added his second of the game and less than a minute later, Terry Neuchterlein capped off the evening with the team’s sixth goal.
The win pushes Kalamazoo Central to 3-2 on the young season and gives them a win in their first match against a SMAC foe. They host another SMAC opponent, Lakeshore, on Wednesday. Lakeview drops to 1-2 and gets right back at it Tuesday at St. Joseph.
Listen back to Monday’s game below: