North vs. Geneva boys soccer: Rangers roll to nonconference win

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Sep. 10—It's debatable what looked more ferocious Sept. 10 at SPIRE — the toy fox guarding the steeplechase, or North.

With all due respect to the fox, the Rangers reign on this one.

Dominic Kustura had a hat trick and an assist as North recorded an 8-0 win over Geneva.

The Rangers (3-4) netted four in a 13-minute span late in the opening 40, and for all intents and purposes, that was that.

"It was a slow start for sure, but we found our rhythm and they couldn't keep up with us," Kustura said. "Yeah, I'm proud of the guys, and it's good to be back on track."

Kustura opened his side's account in the 23rd minute, collecting an Abram Gutierrez weighted ball into the box and providing the finish.

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Dom Kustura 23rd min

Nice little bit of service in by Abram Gutierrez

This was followed by a Yahir Rangel strike 43 seconds later

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Just 43 seconds later, Yahir Rangel took care of a left-footed effort.

Kustura got his brace in the 36th minute and finished off his hat trick in the 53 rd before being subbed for the afternoon.

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Dom Kustura for the brace 36th min

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North enjoyed a 13-3 shots on target advantage and, with Kustura at the controls, dominant possession.

The standout senior midfielder is up for nine goals and five assists in the early going of the campaign. He's had the chance in recent years to play with some quality All-Ohio caliber attackers in the North side, most recently with Luka Dedic and Kaden Kocin and shown quality in his own right.

As an upperclassman now, with one of the better left feet and service sense in The News-Herald coverage area ranks, Kustura hopes to take those lessons and impart them in a younger side.

"They just showed me the killer instinct," Kustura said. "You'vegot to be the guy on the field, and it's definitely different without them. But we're making the most of it. We're doing our best."

The Rangers have been on improved form, winning three of four with a tight loss to North Canton Hoover after an 0-3 start with shutout setbacks to Top of the Crop sides Harvey, Mentor and University.

"Yeah (we've been improved), and I think we should have won that Hoover game," Kustura said. "We were the better team. We just gave up an unlucky goal in the last two minutes. But we're on to Kenston (on Sept. 13), and that's a big game for us."

The best chance for the Eagles (4-3-1) came in the 11th minute, when Ari Loveridge had a right-footed effort on a hard counter turned away,