For the better part of a month and a half, Olympus' boys soccer team has been building and building.
Aside from a 1-0 loss to Skyline in Week 2 of the preseason, Olympus coach Chris Sonntag feels his team has improved every time it's stepped onto the field. Well, if the Titans continue to get better, Class 4A beware, because they're already pretty darn good.
On paper, one would have thought that second-ranked Olympus might have its hands full against a talented bunch from Highland High on Friday, but the Titans instead simply ripped their opponent to shreds.
With pretty much everybody wearing a white Olympus jersey playing well, star juniors Clay Broadbent (2 goals) and Zach Hart (1 goal) both found the net in a blistering first-half performance that easily could have yielded more than the three goals the Titans scored.
Olympus didn't have the same panache after halftime, but it played comfortable and efficient soccer, and the end product was a convincing 3-1 win over Highland.
"I thought they all played really well," Sonntag said of his players, "and that's what's been going on now for a couple weeks is just intelligent soccer. We're not caught up with individual stats everybody's rooting for each other and it's just awesome."
With the win, Olympus, a perfect 8-0 in the regular season, moved a whopping nine points clear of Highland and East atop the Region 6 table. Barring something crazy, it appears the Titans are well on their way to winning their third league championship in a row.
During Olympus' impressive 40-minute salvo Friday, a number of players shined, but perhaps none more so than the goal-scorers.
Broadbent fired off four shots and won a corner kick before netting the game's opening goal in just the 10th minute, and the Titans didn't look back. Following more pressure, Broadbent scored again 16 minutes later, and Hart slotted home Olympus' third goal in the 38th minute.
Hart, rotating with Broadbent between playing in the middle and up top, hassled Highland's backline and covered an extraordinary amount of ground from start to finish.
"He's one of our fastest kids and hustles the most and outbodies kids that are twice his size," Broadbent said.
And all around Hart and Broadbent, there were other Olympus standouts to be found. Goalkeeper Daniel Filippi commanded his area extremely well, defenders Alex Johnson and Steven Drake were imposing, right winger Paulo Soberon added craft to the attack and forward Assane Niang was solid up top.
"We just all of the sudden have a lot of options that we didn't have in the beginning, and they're starting to get some confidence," said Sonntag said.Talented freshman James Rogers netted a late consolation goal for Highland.