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Prep Soccer

Jaffer Murphy, undefeated Marion boys' soccer dominate matchup of elite goal scorers

Class 2A No. 2 Indians score five times in 16 second-half minutes for shutout win over 1A No. 12 South Tama

Marion's Jaffer Murphy (9) attempts to corral a pass during the Class 2A boys' soccer state tournament last year. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion's Jaffer Murphy (9) attempts to corral a pass during the Class 2A boys' soccer state tournament last year. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

MARION — The match featured two of the most prolific goal scorers in the state.

But only one had the defense to match.

“I just told them to play their game,” first-year Marion boys’ soccer coach Kory Boebel said after the Class 2A No. 2 Indians scored five times in a 16-minute span in the second half and routed 1A No. 12 South Tama, 5-0, in a Wamac Conference match Friday at Marion High School. “Just keep them shut down.”

Marion (12-0) — which has won a Wamac division title for the second year in a row — was led by junior forward Jaffer Murphy, who with three goals recorded a hat trick for the fourth time in five matches and sixth time overall this season. Murphy now has 30 goals this year, which ranks third in the state across all classes and is five more than the number he posted during his first team all-state sophomore campaign.

Murphy’s counterpart from South Tama, senior forward Jonathan Castrejon, entered the match ranked second in the state with 31 goals but was held scoreless by a Marion defense led by seniors Riece Frericks and Will Hernandez.

“He is a phenomenal player,” Murphy said of Castrejon. “His touches are great, his shots are great. I feel like we just keyed on him and made sure that when he did have the ball, we’d have either two or three defenders around him to shut him down.”

After a scoreless first half, Boebel gathered his team and implored them to exhibit better communication and teamwork in the second half.

“He kind of got upset at us,” Murphy said. “We were bickering at one another and that is not something we do. … We got in the second half, we started talking more as a team and playing Marion soccer.”

Samuel Murphy — Jaffer’s younger brother — got the scoring started for the Indians with a goal in the 50th minute, then added a second goal four minutes later.

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“We needed that kick-start,” said Jaffer Murphy, who assisted on Samuel’s second score. “That just fired up the team to work harder and want it more. After he did that, we started putting goals away.”

Jaffer Murphy scored the next three goals for Marion, all within 10 minutes of each other midway through the second half.

Frericks and Tim Schuttloffel also had assists for Marion.

South Tama is now 10-5.

Boys’ soccer

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Class 2A No. 2 Marion 5, 1A No. 12 South Tama 0

Goals — Samuel Murphy 2 (9), Jaffer Murphy 3 (30).

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