After missing half of his senior season with a knee injury, Wapakoneta Redskins’ Colin Mankin was eager to get back on the pitch for Seniors Night.
It only took him 27 second to reacclimate himself.
Mankin’s heel-kick goal in the opening minute proved to be the only offense the Redskins would need as they rolled to a 5-0 shutout win over the Kenton Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer match Thursday at Ryan Field.
“He’s wanted to play the whole time he’s been down,” Wapak coach Mark Dyrness said. “We’ve obviously missed him. He’s been the glue for us to get forward and finish. And it showed again tonight. It’s a huge difference with him in there.”
Mankin finished the night with a goal and an assist. Fellow senior Andy Faller scored twice and had an assist.
Junior Travis Bertram and freshman Luke Williams added the other two Wapak goals.
The Redskins controlled the match from beginning to end, outshooting Kenton 26-0 and taking 13 corner kicks to none for the Wildcats.
Junior goalkeeper Zach Holtzapple was largely relegated to spectator status.
“That’s our game, working the ball,” Dyrness said. “We scored early and we relaxed. We play so much better when we score early.”
Faller made it a 2-0 Redskins lead in the 19th minute and 3-0 off an assist from Mankin in the 26th minute.
Williams scored in the 49th minute. And Bertram dribbled through traffic to punch in the fifth goal in the closing minutes.
Wapak finished the WBL season at 8-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in league play. Kenton is 2-12-0 and 0-9-0.