NEW ORLEANS ? Patrick Mullins opened the trash bag allowing a teammate to deposit empty water bottles into it Wednesday night at Pan-Am Stadium.
Add trash collector to the many things Mullins is good at. Against Brother Martin, he proved he can play a little soccer, too.
Mullins scored two goals and assisted on another in leading Jesuit to a 5-1 win over district rivals Brother Martin.
Both goals were spectacular and both were critical to the Blue Jays (20-0-2) picking up the win. The assist wasn't too bad, either.
"We went down unexpectedly a goal 1-0 early," Jesuit Head Coach Hubie Collins said. "Patrick's first goal was a piece of individual brilliance. He picked up the ball at midfield, took on three or four players, did a little spin move at the edge of the box and rifled one into the roof of the net.
"It was an exceptional goal and it really gave the team a big boost, a big lift at the time which was needed."
Brother Martin, though, took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute when Reid Althage took advantage of a poor clear by Jesuit, slotting a ball far post past Jesuit's keeper.
A minute later, Mullins tied the game at 1 with that bit "of individual brilliance."
"I just saw the opening and went," Mullins said. "I kept going. I didn't see any other pass. It was just there so I took it."
It got Jesuit going, especially in the midfield where the Blue Jays took over.
In the 26th minute, Mullins helped give Jesuit the lead for good. His left-footed corner found the head of teammate Mark Reuther, who knocked the ball in past the Crusaders' keeper for a 2-1 lead.
The game went to halftime like that. It wouldn't get any better for Brother Martin.
Nearly 20 minutes into the second half, Mullins put the game away, cutting back to his left 30 yards out before firing a searing left-footer into the upper left of the goal for a 3-1 lead.
"Once you're down for a little while, you have to start chasing the game and moving things around," Brother Martin Head Coach Louie Smotherman said. "It opened up a lot of holes. In the midfield. Everywhere. As a result, you give up more goals than you like. I think it was a much tighter game than the score reflects."
Jesuit iced the game late when Jordan Schwartz and Charles Kleinschmidt both scored in the final 10 minutes.
And while the win is big for Jesuit, the Blue Jays still have a long way to go to secure district. The quest continues Saturday against Rummel.
"It was a really tough opening match," Collins said. "To play Brother Martin in the opening round of district is a marquee game and I think it was a great result for us. We're delighted with it, but we've got Rummel on Saturday coming up."