By Anthony Rhoads
The Jonesboro Cardinals stayed unbeaten after defeating Luella 6-0 Thursday night at home.
The victory improves Jonesboro's record to 5-0-1.
"I think we've got a good core group of guys back from last year and they're in the fittest shape of their lives and that has helped," Jonesboro head coach Andy Boyle said. "They want to win more this year."
Brad Martin began the scoring for Jonesboro with two goals in the first half. Cameron Black added a goal to give Jonesboro a 3-0 lead going into halftime. Black also scored a goal in the second half.
In the second half, Santiago Figueroa scored to give Jonesboro a 4-0 lead and Fabian Moriera Mesa scored Jonesboro's fifth goal.
"I thought Luella played hard and were mentally into it for a beginning school," Boyle said. "I don't think e came into the game as serious as we should have been."
Jonesboro began the season with four straight wins before tying Houston County last week 2-2. Jonesboro plays host to Mt. Zion Tuesday.
Luella, a first year program, is still looking for its first win and drops to 0-4 after Thursday's loss.
"The guys are showing good effort and we've improved a lot," Luella head coach Kevin Van Tone said. "I'm as proud as I can be after a 6-0 game."
Van Tone praised the effort of goalkeeper Sam Shannon, who made several saves to keep the game from being a complete blowout.
"He's really good," Van Tone said. "What's surprising is that this is his first year playing soccer."
Luella has played tough competition early this season and that is part of Van Tone's plan to build a foundation for the future.
"We've played some good teams," he said. "Lovett is in the top five, Spalding was a state qualifier last year and Jonesboro is undefeated ? and we still have Union Grove and Stockbridge on our schedule. I wanted us to play tough competition because you only get better."
Luella plays host to Banneker Tuesday.