FONDA - Playing in their first non-league game of the season, the Fonda-Fultonville and Northville boys soccer teams looked to test themselves against one another Tuesday.
The Falcons passed the test with flying colors, running their unbeaten streak to five games with a dominating 10-0 win over the Braves in a matchup of former Western Athletic Conference rivals.
"We haven't been here in a while," Northville coach Steve Clapper said. "It's nice to kind of see where we stand among teams outside our league."
Northville’s David Onzo, left, defends Fonda-Fultonville’s Joe Fox (12) during Tuesday’s non-league game. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
While Northville kept its momentum rolling, Fonda-Fultonville continued to be plagued by the injury bug with two more players sidelined during Tuesday's contest.
"Injuries have been a problem for us this season," Fonda-Fultonville coach Bloom said. "I'm not going to hide behind that though. We've got to play better than we did today."
Jimmy Grega finished with four goals for Northville, while Keather Brooker registered a hat trick.
"Jimmy [Grega] played well in the middle," Clapper said. "In addition to putting the ball in the net, he distributed the ball well and helped us set up several chances."
Brad VanNostrand, Kalob Russell and David Onzo also scored for the Falcons, while Tyler Henderson had two assists. Onzo and Barcley Hayward also had assists for Northville.
"[Northville] deserves a lot of credit," Bloom said. "They came in focused and played well."
The Falcons controlled the action from the start, outshooting the Braves 17-2 in the first half.
Six of those shots found the back of the net as Northville surged to a 6-0 halftime lead.
VanNostrand got things rolling, scoring with 29:51 left in the first half on a Henderson throw-in.
Grega scored back-to-back goals to make it 3-0 with 15:44 left in the opening half.
Brooker got his first when he put home the rebound of a Grega shot after Fonda-Fultonville keeper Tyler Folmsbee made the initial save.
Russell struck to make it 5-0 with 5:31 left in the first half.
Brooker closed out the first-half scoring, knocking home another Grega rebound to make it 6-0 at the break.
"We moved the ball well," Clapper said. "That's what did it for us today."
In the second half, the Falcons picked up where they left off, piling up 14 more shots and four more goals.
Grega opened the second-half scoring on an assist from Onzo, while Brooke scored his third goal on an assist from hayward to make it 8-0.
Grega and Onzo scored in the final 15 minutes to make the final score 10-0.
"The guys played very aggressive," Clapper said. "We were able to win balls and turn them into opportunities."
Tim Monette made three saves to post the shutout win in goal for Northville.
"Our defense was solid," Clapper said.
Folmsbee finished with 15 stops for the Braves.
"We're playing pretty well right now, but we've still got some things to work on," Clapper said. "We're going to keep working hard and moving forward."
Northville (4-2-1 overall) will travel to Mayfield on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest, while Fonda-Fultonville (2-4 overall) will travel to Albany Academy on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. game.
"I wanted to schedule Northville because they're a quality program. I knew they would make us work and they did," Bloom said. "[Northville] played well. Hopefully, it keeps us ready for Albany Academy."