ARLINGTON — The brotherly connection of senior captains Dominic and Lewis Whalen was there from start to finish for Arlington boys soccer on Wednesday night.
In the team's first playoff game of 2020, each Whalen brother recorded a hat trick for the Eagles. No. 5 Arlington advanced to the Division IV quarterfinals with a 7-0 victory over No. 12 Mount St. Joseph Academy.
The performance from the Whalen's was just par for the course, according to Arlington coach Todd Wilkins.
"That's what we expect," Wilkins said. "That's what you want out of two captains, and they showed up to play tonight."
Six and a half minutes into the contest, Lewis Whalen fired a shot that was deflected by MSJ's keeper. Dominic was right there to control the rebound and put Arlington on the board. That score would ultimately be all Arlington needed, but they were far from finished.
Dominic returned the favor, assisting on a Lewis score on a break away less than 10 minutes later giving Arlington a 2-0 advantage.
The goal that showed the most on the field chemistry between the brothers came with 21:30 left to play. Dominic fed a pass to Lewis on the left side of the field near the goal. Lewis scanned the field before returning the ball to Dominic, who fired one into the goal, completing his hat trick and putting Arlington up 6-0.
Arlington dominated throughout, with a commanding 26-6 advantage in total shots. The Eagles also had 17 shots on goal to MSJ's three.
The Arlington defense did a tremendous job of limiting MSJ's touches for the entire 80 minutes of play.
Bryce Harrington protected the net for Arlington in the shutout.
Hunter McDermott also scored for the Eagles, adding to their lead in the 34th minute of the second half.
Arlington beat MSJ earlier this season 6-1. Wilkins had a clear message for his team as they prepared for the rematch.
"Don't underestimate them," Wilkins said.
Arlington clearly bought into that message, playing aggressively and securing an impressive win.
Next up for the Eagles is another home game, as they will host No. 13 White River Valley on Friday in a quarterfinals match. WRV pulled off an upset over No. 4 West Rutland on Tuesday.
"I think White River Valley is a little bit of a sleeper team," Wilkins said.
Arlington defeated WRV 7-1 earlier in the season, but Wilkins said their next opponent has progressed throughout the season.
"They've improved, they've done a good job," Wilkins said. "We're going to have to show up and play in order for us to beat them, too."