PINSON — As easy as Pinson Valley’s soccer playoff win over Paul Bryant was last Tuesday, their quarterfinal win Saturday over Moody was even easier. And quicker, too.
The Indians scored early and often, and took advantage of a red card charged to a Blue Devil defender midway through the first half to play a man up the rest of the way, as they scored a 10-0 victory in a game ended in 70 minutes on the 10-goal rule.
Pinson completed their forward-line trifecta within 21 minutes. Josh Almandarez scored from a Hunter Middleton assist three minutes after the opening kickoff, then Middleton scored from a Sam Shaw pass in the 19th minute. The cycle was completed when Shaw scored two minutes later from an Almandarez pass.
Shaw found the back of the net again in the 26th minute off of a rebound inside the 6-yard box, and was about to complete a natural hat trick four minutes later as he got out in front of a long goal kick from Jaime Vargas. Shaw had a clear path to the opposing goal, but was taken down from behind just inside the penalty area by Moody midfielder Alex Irwin in the 30th minute.
The referee wasted no time in pulling the red card out of his book and sending Irwin off, as well as awarding a penalty kick. Giovanni Molina couldn’t convert when Devils goalkeeper Ashton Carter guessed right and stopped the kick just inside his goalpost, but mere seconds later Indians midfielder Preston Dixon took Moody’s failed clearance and charged back in from the wing to put a shot past Carter.
Pinson led 5-0 at halftime, and added two more within the first two minutes after the break, including one by Shaw to complete the hat trick.
Middleton also got his second goal of the night, and Pinson finished off with scores by Molina, Will McPherson and Jordan Walton. Molina finished with four assists for the match.