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Powell’s scoring touch leads Ladue past Duchesne

Duchesne midfielder Ryan Forgarty bangs a header over Ladue midfielder Simo Valentino and away from Ladue midfielder Carlos Puyo during a nonconference soccer game on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Ladue West Campus. [Jonathan Duncan/Mid-Rivers Newsmagazine photo]

Grant Powell has been the clear leader of the Ladue soccer team’s offense through 8 games so far. Powell showed that scoring touch once again on Tuesday as Duchesne had to deal with the smooth-shooting junior midfielder.

Powell, senior forward, scored a penalty kick goal in the 16th minute of play and added a second half goal in the sixth minute, as the Rams rolled to a 4-0 shutout win over Duchesne at the Ladue West Campus.

Ladue, winners of 4 straight games improved to 6-2. The Rams got on the board early thanks to a head-ball goal from sophomore Carlos Puyo midfielder in the fifth minute of play.

Powell followed that by scoring his first goal on a penalty kick in the with 25:41 left in the first half, moving the lead to 2-0.

“The first goal, I made a good effort to get around the goalie and made a good effort for the PK,” Powell said.

Duchesne (3-6-1) had some decent scoring chances in the first 40 minutes, but found themselves in a two-goal hole at the break against a Rams club that is able to spread the ball and score from multiple angles near the goal box.

“It was quality chances and no blind shots or anything like that,” Duchesne coach Patrick Turner said. “Against a tough team like Ladue if you don’t cash in early, you’re gonna be digging yourself out of a hole and couple of early mistakes on us and jumped into the lead.”

One big upside for the Pioneers was the play of goalie Brendan Wuller, who held up well, logging 79 minutes and gave up just one goal after the first half.

“We had some poor marking and not closing down on some shots but he’s a solid presence back in the goal, making a lot of nice saves,” Turner said. “He’s been doing a great job.”

Powell scored his second and team-leading 11th goal of the season, at the 19 minute mark of the second half off an assist from Jake Guhr.

“We’ve kind of settled into some spots and guys have been getting into the correct spots and they have been playing well,” Ladue coach Dave Aronberg said. “We have 23 field players that played today, so we’re pretty deep and guys are solidifying their roles.”

Jonathan Pitts picked up the Rams final goal at the 23:04 mark of the second half to make it 4-0.

Noah Mehlson and Alex Leary shared the shutout in goal for Ladue.

Duchesne returns to action at St. Francis Borgia in Washington next Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.


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