This was not a test for the Jesuit boys’ soccer team.

If this had been an actual trial, you would’ve seen Barlow still in the game after the first 20 minutes of play.

Some test? The Crusaders scored six goals in the first half of their 6A first-round playoff game with the Bruins — a squad that beat Jesuit’s Metro rival, Southridge, just four days prior to the match. After the 20-minute flurry of endless scores from his veteran-laden lineup, head coach Chris Thurley took his starters out of the game for good, and let the Crusader bench finish off a 9-0 rout on Saturday.

With the win, Jesuit advanced to the second round of the 6A playoffs against TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit junior midfielder Henry Rocker fights off a Barlow defender for a ball in Crusader territory.

Jesuit was on the prowl from the game’s opening sequence. An opening attack led to an Antonio Porreco free kick inside Barlow’s side of the pitch. Rather than curling the kick over the Bruins’ defense, the senior forward glanced the ball off the wall of defenders. Senior forward Christo Michaelson darted in front of the Bruin keeper, and with all his momentum going toward the goal, toed the ball into the net to go up 1-0.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuits Chris Arpan dribbles through a pair of Barlow defenders in the first half of the Crusaders win.

Not one minute later, Porreco used a series of fancy dribbling moves to dance around four Barlow defenders and dunk into the Bruin goalie box. Once Porreco was inside the yellow square, he punched a kick toward the center of the pitch, which Barlow accidentally kicked in for an own goal to put Jesuit ahead, 2-0.

With 26 minutes left in the first half, junior Henry Rocker dressed down a backpedaling Barlow defender with a dribble shake and score to extend the advantage to 3-0. Chris Arpan scored at the opportune time, two minutes following Rocker’s goal.

When Barlow’s keeper fumbled away a save attempt and let the ball dangle around the frame, a hustling Arpan was there to profit, scoring the Crusaders’ fourth goal with a swift drive to the upper half of the goal.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit senior midfielder Chase Boone watches his shot soar past Barlows defense.

The bustling Crusaders kept the rout going when a free kick bounced off Michaelson’s head toward the outer reaches of the box. Thinking their defense had cleared the ball away from harm, Barlow relaxed, only to see Jesuit’s Spencer Scott scoop a 30-yard rebound missile for a 5-0 lead.

Similar to Scott’s score, Tyler Street scored off a nearly identical play, only from the right side of the pitch with 20 minutes left in the first half.

Comfortably ahead, and with bigger playoff games ahead, Thurley replaced Michaelson, Rocker, Scott, Charlie Chimento and Chris Chertude rather than risk injury.

Porreco scored his second goal of the game in the second half to go up 7-0. Chase Boone scored on a penalty kick, and Arpan scored on a header for the final 9-0 total.

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