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IKEGO HEIGHTS NAVAL HOUSING FACILITY, Japan — Just call Joey Wood “Mister Unselfish.”

The senior midfielder assisted on three of Kinnick’s four goals Wednesday to power the Red Devils to their second victory in as many matches with Yokota, a 4-2 victory that locked up the best record in Japan this season.

The defending Japan Soccer League champions improved to 9-0-1 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 9-3.

“Last year, we had to wait until our last game” to clinch the JSL title, Kinnick coach Bill Schofield said. “This year, we have a little more cushion.”

Wood helped make sure of that.

“He did an awesome job today,” Schofield said of Wood, who divides time between center-midfield and defensive-midfield with Trey Davis, players Schofield refers to as “interchangeable.”

“Joey was involved in a lot of throw-ins because he throws so well,” Schofield said. “He’s a good motivator, riles them when they need to be riled. He has a great foot, he can kick three-quarters of the way down the field. He and Trey complement each other well and contribute greatly.”

Wood has two goals and five assists and Davis nine goals and three assists this season.

“We had a great team last year, but this year’s has a completely different makeup. It’s pretty even between four or five players,” Schofield said. “Having a good overall team makes a difference.”

Tuesday’s game was 2-2 at halftime, but the Red Devils scored early in the second half to take command.

Wood sent the ball from the top of the defensive circle between a pair of Yokota defenders, who seemed to hesitate or miscommunicate. Kinnick’s Jack Harms took advantage to score his sixth goal.


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