WARRENTON – Early starts for home games under the sun at Volunteer Field … the Astoria boys soccer team should schedule a few more of those.
As it is, the remainder of their home contests will be late starts under the lights at CMH Field.
In the meantime, the Fishermen played the only high school game this fall at Volunteer Field, where Astoria cruised past the Corbett Cardinals, 6-1, in a nonleague boys game.
Trevor Byrd was all Astoria needed in the 2017 season opener. The senior was definitely much more than the Cards could handle, as Byrd scored three goals — all in the first half — helping the Fishermen start the season on a winning note.
Both teams provided some fireworks over the first four minutes.
Astoria senior Gustavo Velazquez gained control of a ball near midfield along the right sideline, and dribbled through a pair of Corbett defenders all the way into the penalty area, scoring from close range into the lower right corner of the net.
The Cardinals answered just one minute later, scoring on a close range shot past Astoria goalie Jake Hurd.
But that’s all the senior keeper would allow, as the Fishermen defense shut down the Cards for the remainder of the first half.
“Other than that one goal, Jake had a good night,” said Astoria coach Lee Cain. “And the guys on the back line were solid all night, and played very well.”
Meanwhile, Byrd went to work in the 20th minute of the first half.
Seconds after an illegal throw-in by Corbett, Byrd gathered in a ball near midfield and worked his way in and around the Cardinal defense for an unassisted, breakaway goal.
And that set the tone for three more Astoria goals over the next 14 minutes.
All three were of the “slam dunk” variety — breakaway, close range goals — two for Byrd, one from Cole Beeson.
“That’s what we’re working on,” Cain said. “Trevor and Cole were both solid, and Gustavo worked very hard.”
Early in the 25th minute, Beeson took a short pass from Byrd on a break, and scored into an open net.
Nine minutes later, Velazquez assisted Byrd for a 4-0 lead; and with just over three minutes left in the first half, Byrd took another pass from Beeson, made his way up the center of the field and beat the keeper for his third goal.
The Fishermen toned it down in the second half, taking just one shot on goal through 27 minutes. And it happened to be a good shot, as Aldo Cruz worked his way in from the left sideline and scored from very close range, after the beating the Corbett keeper and scoring unassisted.
Corbett had six corner kick opportunities and seven shots on goal in the second half, with Hurd making four saves to keep the Cards scoreless over the final 40 minutes.
In other nonleague action Thursday, Seaside defeated North Marion, 2-1. No details were reported.