EASTON — Three games in four days ended with a 3-0 shutout over Colonel Richardson for the Warriors on Thursday evening.

Kevin Mejia, Joesito Myers, and Gardner Edgell scored for Easton High’s boys’ soccer team, which improved to 2-1 overall, 1-1 North Bayside.

The Warriors dominated possession time as Colonel Richardson (0-2, 0-2) didn’t produce a shot on goal until the second half.

Easton goalie Ashton Echternach, who made 22 saves in a 2-1 loss to Kent Island on Tuesday, needed to make only one stop against the Colonels.

With the Warriors up 3-0 in the second half and both teams substituting freely, Echternach switched to offense and nearly scored. Von Burgstahler replaced Echternach in goal and kept the shutout intact.

After giving up two goals in the first 15 minutes, the Colonels’ defense kept Easton off the scoreboard again until 27 minutes, 28 seconds remained in the game. Edgell blasted a right-footer from 30 yards, its path altered when it caromed off a defender, and it rolled past CR goalie Christian Brewer.

Easton amassed 28 shots (12 on goal), most sailed wide or were blocked by Colonel defenders.

Brewer collected eight saves, including six in the second half, one a diving knock-away on a blast by Echternach with 3 minutes remaining.

The Colonels finished with only two shots on goal and generated only one corner kick.

Easton’s defense, led by Trice Weems, Tucker Saulsbury, Luke Adelman, and Andrew Matsche, virtually eliminated Colonen’s offense, cutting off passes and distributing the ball upfield to the midfielders and forwards.

“I loved the composure from the back, being able to switch fields consistently, not only once but multiple times before being able to go to goal,” Warriors head coach Matt Blue said. “I liked that we were able to play the ball into space and allow some of our other guys to run onto it. And I loved some of the killer mentality they had when faced with a one-on-one situation — them just taking it upon themselves to beat a guy in a goal-scoring opportunity and then putting a good shot on net. I was really proud of the guys tonight. It was fun to watch them play.”

Easton’s control of the game started early and paid off with 31:50 left in the first half. Mejia beat a defender on the left wing and unloaded a left-footer into the left side of the goal to make it 1-0. About six minutes later, at 25:27, Myers also delivered a well-struck left-footer, from about 25 yards out, to make it 2-0, rolling the ball inside the far post.

Brewer and Colonel defenders, led by Will Turner, Colby Rickwood, and Jiaden Downing, then limited Easton’s quality attempts until Edgell’s tally in the second half.

Easton, which opened its season with a 3-2 overtime victory at Wicomico, next hosts Parkside on Monday. The Warriors are classified as a 3A school in soccer this season.

Colonel Richardson, a 1A school, opened its season with a 7-0 setback to 2A Queen Anne’s. The Colonels travel to 1A Pocomoke today.

“I thought we played well defensively,” Colonels head coach Ryan Blanchfield said. “Our middies did well getting back helping on D. The goal is, we’ve got to start scoring. Once we start doing that, we’re playing good defense, we’ve just got to get the offense clicking. It’s still early. We had two games to start. These guys are good and Queen Anne’s is good, so that was a good test to start with. That’s what we like, kind of see what we are made of. Defensively we’re sharp.”

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