Aeros wallop Triumph 7-2
The Portage Aeros sunk the Kenaston Common Triumph early and rolled from there on Sunday night.
Duane Chaves scored his first of four on the night just seconds after the opening kickoff and David Sattler added another near the five-minute mark as the Aeros (3-2-0) cruised to a 7-2 win over the Triumph (1-4-1) on Sunday night.
Chaves had a hat-trick before the half, while Ben Wettlaufer also tallied in the opening frame to make it 5-0 at the break. Chaves scored and set up a beautiful header from Sattler in the second half to round out the Portage scoring.
Sattler was thrilled with the team's first-half play, and noted that it was fortuitous that the Aeros were able to stake out to an advantage early, as the conditions became rainy just before the break and were wet and wild for much of the second half.
"We played extremely well. We came out really well in the first half and got five goals," said Sattler. "Everyone played well.
"In the second half, we played quite sloppy, but that's to be expected with the weather and a 5-1 lead at halftime, but we still played great overall."
Sattler said the Aeros were a little taken aback by the early lead, but were glad for the five-goal differential, especially after the team narrowly missed out on promotion last year because of that statistic.
"When it (the lead) happened early, it was a little surprising because it doesn't happen like that," said Sattler. "You kind of knew from the onset that it was going to be one of those games where things were going to go well as long as we played half-decently.
"These are the games that we need to get those goals that will help us at the end of the year."
However, as well as the Aeros played on Sunday, the slate is wiped clean for Friday's game against New Youth United, something Sattler said Portage will need to keep in mind going forward.
For more, please see Monday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.