Putting on a clinic from beginning to end, the Iowa Central men's soccer team earned a 9-0 shutout triumph over Indian Hills in their ICCAC opener Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Sports Complex.
The 20th-ranked (NJCAA Div. I) Tritons (5-0 overall, 1-0 in the league) dominated possession time throughout, collecting six goals in the first half and three more insurance scores after the break.
"I was happy with the clean sheet, which is always a huge plus (defensively)," ICCC second-year head coach Ben Taylor said. "Our three goals for this season are to be prolific in front of the goal, get as many clean sheets as possible and to finish on top of the conference."
Cameron Duckworth, a sophomore midfielder, found the back of the net four times for the Tritons, while freshman forward Abelson Estimable notched a hat trick. Duckworth, a first-team all-region pick in 2011, has now delivered a nation's best 13 goals on the young season.
"I think it's always tough to keep motivated when you start off the game with a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes," said Taylor. "I would really like to see us put together a whole 90 minutes of solid play. If we can do that, we'll be a tough team to beat. We still have a lot of work to do, though."
Desner Calixte and Juan Espinal added the other tallies for Iowa Central, which registered 24 shots on goal against the winless Warriors (0-3-3, 0-1).
Duckworth and Calixte each chipped in a pair of assists as well, while Tim Bouchard, Jaxn Rogers and Estimable all had one helper.
Through five games this year, the Tritons have now outscored their opponents by a decisive combined margin of 32-5.
Next outing for Iowa Central is Saturday when it welcomes non-conference foe Dakota County (Minn.) for a 2 p.m. start time. The Tritons downed the Blue Knights (2-1) by a 5-3 count in their previous meeting this season.