AMERICAN FORK The Timpview boys soccer team is on a roll, and on Thursday it rolled into American Fork and made quick work of its last non-region opponent.
The goals came flying in fast and furious for the T-Birds who put the game out of reach before the Cavemen even got warmed up, and cruised to a 4-0 win.
Karson Payton and Cameron Shumway scored two goals apiece, and Collin McQuire tallied his fourth shutout of the season in goal for Timpview.
"We learned early that we could penetrate their defense pretty readily," said T-Birds' coach Jeremy Stevenson. "When we choose to we do some good things. Most of the time when it comes game time the offense and defense come out really strong."
Heading into the thick of region play, Timpview's attack seems to be hitting stride. The T-Birds have scored 13 goals in their last three games, and 26 overall this season. Payton's two-goal performance put his individual total at eight, making him the current leading scorer in Class 4A.
It took just seven minutes for Timpview to get on the board against the Cavemen. Payton made a slicing run down the right wing and was tripped up by the goalkeeper making a move inside the box. He stepped to the penalty spot and easily buried his shot for the 1-0 lead.
The quick goal put American Fork back on its heels and gave all the momentum to the T-Birds attack.
"Just being able to penetrate like that where they have no other choice but to foul us, that helps a lot," said Stevenson. "After that most of our plays were similar type things either through the wing or up the middle."
In the 10th minute it was 2-0 after Payton centered a ball for Shumway to hit home from the top of the box.
Shumway got his second goal four minutes later when he knocked in a Chaise Shafer cross.
Trailing by three goals inside of 15 minutes, American Fork could do little more than create a few half chances and try to keep the damage level minimal on the defensive side.
Payton scored his second goal in the 33rd minute for the game's final goal. The closest anyone came to scoring for the rest of the game was in the 48th minute when Lesther Ottens bounced the T-Birds' second penalty kick off the post.
"Our strengths in the first half were just smart, simple passes," said Stevenson. "Part of the second half was putting some guys out to get some experience."