LEBANON – Waynesville coach Mike Armstrong said his soccer team was confident headed into Monday's Class 3, District 10 matchup with Camdenton, but nobody expected the Tigers to trounce Camdenton in a 10-0 mercy rule victory, largely in part to a school-record six goals from senior forward Shane Jewett.
"It was the most lopsided defeat WHS has ever handed its Camden County neighbors," Armstong said after the contest.
The scoring festivities began in the sixth minute when Jewett scored on a long through pass from Chase Holden (Soph.). Four minutes later Jewett scored again, this time off a Vince Houston (Jr.) corner kick. Just 21 seconds passed before Holden stole a Camdenton kickoff, raced down the sideline and beat three defenders for the team's third score.
Jewett added his third goal, assisted by Roberto Bachellor (Sr.) in the 13th minute, and then forward Caleb Rodriguez (Soph.) scored an unassisted goal in the 21st minute. With 12:59 remaining in the half, Rodriguez added another after a dribble-drive set up by a free kick.
That score put the Tigers ahead 6-0 at intermission, but Waynesville wasn't finished.
To open the second half, Jewett rattled in three consecutive scores, each within the first 20 minutes.
"He just had one of those nights where he could do no wrong," Armstrong said of Jewett. "He just came in and really wanted to finish it off. Even sitting him for 20 minutes he was still able to score six."
To cap the night's contest, Bachellor scored on his own rebound after a corner kick, ending the game well in Waynesville's favor.
Tuesday's victory came a year after Camdenton defeated the Tigers 1-0 in the first round of the 2012 district tournament.
"They were pretty pumped up about [getting revenge]," Armstrong said of his Tiger squad. "It was just one of those times where you want to let them celebrate, but you also want them to finish it off with class; nobody got too cocky about it."
Defensively, Waynesville goalkeeper Jon Moore (Jr.) secured three saves in the victory.
Jewett's performance bested 2012 graduate Steven Jimenez's five-goal game against Hazelwood Central set just last year.
The Tigers' ten team goals tied a record previously reached seven times, the latest against Republic in 2010.
During Tuesday's earlier district contest, Jefferson City downed Lebanon 4-0 to earn a spot in the championship.
"We feel pretty confident," Armstrong said, looking forward to a rematch with No. 6 Jefferson City. "We're going to run at [Jefferson City] and do our best to shut down their goal scorer.
"We match our speed up top with theirs," he continued. "It's probably going to come down to what happens in the middle of the field."
Page 2 of 2 - Waynesville lost an Oct. 28 match with Jefferson City, 3-0.
In the program's 25-year history, Waynesville has yet to capture a district championship, but that's not something the team is necessarily aiming for.
"They're really just focused on getting to play again," Armstong said. "They're not glory hounds. They just love the game so much they don't want [the season] to end."
The district championship game is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. in Lebanon.