ARLINGTON — Arlington’s Lewis Whalen had himself a night to remember on Friday. The senior captain helped lift his Eagles squad to a 7-1 victory over White River Valley.
Arlington used a strong opening four minutes to propel them to the win. Two scores in the games first four minutes, first by Tyler Seeley in the 38th minute, followed by Whalen less than two minutes later. That’s all they would need for the win, but they were nowhere near done. Arlington would add another five scores in the second half.
Arlington coach Todd Wilkins spoke about what Whalen offers Arlington.
“Lewis is going to be a very prolific goalscorer,” Wilkins said.
Despite the win, Wilkins pointed out what his team needs to improve on if they want to continue their early season success.
“I wasn’t overly pleased, other than that first 5-10 minutes of the first half, with our effort,” Wilkins said. “I think because we got off to that hot start they just thought ‘well, I’m just going to get the ball and go score’ and we went away from the game that we know how to play.”
Halftime adjustments got Arlington back on track, as they outscored White River Valley 5-1 in the last 40 minutes of play.
When Arlington found the back of the net, they looked more aggressive in the following possessions, looking to add to the scoreboard.
Hunter McDermott scored the first goal of the second half for the eagles. Whalen followed about one minute later with his second score of the night.
The quick scores gave Arlington a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Dominic Whalen also found the back of the net for the Eagles.
White River Valley was able to spend a significant amount of time on Arlington’s side of the field in the first half, but Arlington’s defense wouldn’t break.
The only White River Valley score came on a penalty kick. That was the first goal allowed by Arlington so far this season.
The Eagles improved to 2-0. They now have 14 goals scored through their two games, and Whalen has tallied eight of those himself.