OGDEN -- The Jayhawks got off to a strong start to postseason, posting a solid win to open the state 2-A boys soccer tournament.
Of course, the St. Joseph soccer team is used to making strong opening statements. This year, they want to close in similar fashion.
The Jayhawks, who have made it to the state finals the last two seasons only to lose heartbreakers in the championship match, won their first match of the 2013 playoffs by a 9-1 score over Grand County.
"We played very well from side to side, and the guys looked good in the box," St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said.
David Donlevy played a big part in the offensive onslaught with a three-goal, four-assist performance on the day. St. Joseph led 5-0 at the break.
Keyanu Tate showed he is back from midseason injuries by scoring two goals and adding two assists, and Adam Brodstein contributed a hat trick as well.
"It was great to see them work well together so quickly," coach Tate said. "It was a spectacular effort."
Kenan Richards added a goal and an assist, while Jordan Jones picked up an assist.
Mitch Koehler had a strong game in goal, while Oswald Cruz keyed St. Joseph's defensive backline.
St. Joseph (11-1-3) will now prepare for a Saturday quarterfinal matchup with rival Layton Christian (9-2-2).
The two teams actually play soccer in different regions, but know each other well.
This group is determined to not let history repeat itself," Tate said. "Ten of them started in last year's final, as eight of them started the year before as well.
"They are focused on doing whatever it takes to advance."
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 4, PAROWAN 0: At Layton, Richardo Gomez scored twice and goalkeeper Berke Kalemoglu earned a shutout as the Eagles breezed to a victory in the opening round of the state 2-A tournament.
Gomez broke the ice with a score 20 minutes in and teammate Shadadi Musemakweli scored shortly before halftime to give LCA a 2-0 lead at the break.
Gomez booted home another in the second half, as did teammate Fernando Horta.
* MERIT ACADEMY 5, LEGACY PREP 2: At Salt Lake, Legacy Prep saw its state hopes end with a 6-5-1 record.
Jonathon Faber and Koshi Ukai scored for Legacy.