With each Isaac Oluwasakin goal, Westside pushed last year’s disappointment deeper into the past.
Oluwasakin scored four times as the Westside boys soccer team buried Cook in a flurry of first-half goals during an 8-2 home win Monday in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The Region 3-AA champion Patriots scored four goals in a little less than 10 minutes during the first half as they made up for last year’s first-round home defeat.
Oluwasakin had four goals – two in each half – and an assist in the game to lead the Patriots to a second round home match on Wednesday against Benedictine.
“It’s something we should have done last year,” Oluwasakin said. “But we slipped up. So it feels good. We had good teamwork – we did well.”
With the game scoreless for almost the first 12 minutes, Westside jumped ahead thanks to Oluwasakin.
The senior got it started when he broke free and sprinted toward the goal before he beat the helpless goalkeeper.
Oluwasakin later played an assisting role on the third goal, when a perfect touch pass to Keaton Craw netted the team a 3-0 lead.
Craw finished with three goals for the Patriots.
Gonzalo Bannon scored Westside’s fourth goal with 18:45 to go in the first half. It came only nine minutes and 45 seconds after the Patriots got goal No. 1.
“It was really important for us to get that first goal.” Patriots coach Jamie Brabenec said. “Last year, we didn’t get the first goal and we kind of went into panic mode even though we really didn’t need to.”
When Cook did finally get on the board, Westside responded about four minutes later. As the half neared its conclusion, Oluwasakin dribbled to around 30 yards from the goal when he fired a low shot that bounced trickily away from the keeper and into the net.
Westside promptly led 5-1 at the half and cruised to a win and earned a spot as one of the final 16 teams in Class AA.
“He’s on a higher level than most of the people in this region,” Brabenec said about Oluwasakin. “I can’t speak for Greenbrier or Lakeside, but I’m sure any of those coaches would love to have him, too. He makes players around him better.”