Second-half surge lifts Panthers past Braves

Mayfield's Colby Brandow (10) and Fonda-Fultonville's Myles Anderson (1) prepare to go up for a head ball during Monday's Western Athletic Conference match at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — After a hard-fought match in which they came up on the short end of the 1-0 score to Lake George in the championship game of their tournament on Saturday, the Mayfield Panthers returned to league play Monday against Fonda-Fultonville.

Mayfield put together a strong opening half but were met by solid defensive play by the Braves and put one goal on the board late in the half.

The second 40 minutes proved different as the Panthers adjusted their play and put three goals in to pick up the 4-0 Western Athletic Conference Division 1 victory Monday night at John G. Boshart Field at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

“Mitch [goalkeeper Mitch Araya] played the game of his life the first half and Myles Anderson was holding that back line,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Jeff Abrey said. “They all played well and were doing what I asked them to do. We knew coming in that Mayfield was going to come pressing and we were just looking to matchup and counter later. The second half didn’t go our way. The first half was the best half of soccer they have played this year and we hope to see more of that.”

Mayfield (5-1-0 overall, 3-0-0 WAC) opened the match with an up-tempo attack trying to utilize its speed on the front line. However, the Braves’ defense was up to the challenge, keeping the pressure on the Mayfield shooters and giving Araya clean looks at the Panthers’ shots, which he turned into saves.

Fonda-Fultonville's Bruno Ferrero (11) heads the ball away from Mayfield's Dylan Bumpus as the Braves' Matthew Cimmino (23) backs up the play during Western Athletic Conference action Monday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Panthers’ pressure paid off with 8:36 left to play in the opening half when Daniel Leach fired a long, low shot from the left side that slipped past Araya’s diving attempt to settle inside the far post for a 1-0 halftime lead.

Mayfield coach Jon Caraco made an adjustment to the Panthers’ game plan during the intermission and it paid off less than a minute into the second half.

“The second half I tried to get them to focus on sharing the ball through the width,” he said. “The first half I thought we fell in love too much with the through-ball. In the second half we tried to get the ball outside a little more and that spread their back four a little bit. We generated a lot of chances in both halves and sometimes they fall and sometimes they don’t. In the second half, we just managed to put in a few more.”

Mayfield put a score on the board in the opening minute of the second half when Garrett Delaney found Anthony Yuret open and he finished the play to build a 2-0 advantage.

Mayfield continued to work the ball through the midfield and opened up the Braves’ defense.

Mayfield's Colby Brandow (10) heads the ball on goal off a corner kick during Monday's Wester Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

With 25:57 left to play, Delaney pushed a pass to Josh Wasson on the right side and he sent a cross deep into the box that Dylan Bumpus headed home for a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers closed out their scoring with 7:32 remaining when Leach picked up his second goal of the night off an assist from Britain Goodemote for the 4-0 final score.

For the match, Mayfield outshot the Braves 21-1 and held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.

Araya finished with 17 saves in goal for Fonda-Fultonville, while Owen Graf made one stop in net for the Panthers.

“It was good to have a game where I was able to get a few more guys playing time,” coach Caraco said. “I wasn’t able to go that deep on Saturday, so it was nice to be able to play where we were able to focus on some different things and we were able to work on some different combinations. We did try a lot of different looks today in terms of our formations and lineups. I was able to see some guys play different roles and excel.”

Fonda-Fultonville goalkeeper Mitch Araya keeps on eye on the ball as Mayfield's Daniel Leach steps into a shot during Western Athletic Conference action Monday night at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Fonda-Fultonville (1-4-0 overall, 0-3-3 WAC) will travel to play Galway on Wednesday, while Mayfield will host Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (3-1-0 WAC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mayfield High School in a showdown of their early leaders in the WAC Division 1 standings.

“Bishop Gibbons who has the Lawson kid [Wil Lawson] who is one of the better players in the league,” coach Caraco said. “It is going to be opening night for the boys on our new field so we are excited to get up there and play, but we have to keep an eye on Lawson for 80 minutes.”

Bishop Gibbons 3, Galway 0

SCHENECTADY — Lorenzo Marchiso staked the Knights to a 1-0 halftime lead before Wil Lawson added two second-half goals to give Bishop Gibbons the league win.

The Knights held a 6-3 edge in shots on goal and 5-3 in corner kicks.

Henry Flint made three saves in goal for Galway (1-1-1 WAC), while Cole Nelson had three stops for Bishop Gibbons.

Fort Plain 3, Schoharie 2

FORT PLAIN — The Hilltoppers broke a 2-2 deadlock with 10 minutes left to play when Ethan Reese came out of a scramble in front of the net to poke home the game winner to improve Fort Plain’s Division 2 record to 3-0.

Jaxson Yacowenia got the Toppers on the board off a long clearing pass from sweeper Bryce Thibodeau and Ethan Spaulding picked up a goal in the closing minutes of the first half.

Noah Fagnani accounted for the Schoharie scoring on a penalty kick and a goal.

OESJ 2, BKW 1, OT

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Jack Brundage netted his second goal of the match five minutes into overtime to help the Wolfpack keep pace with Fort Plain at the top of the WAC Division 2 standings.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo held a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal from Andrew Drescher.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville rallied to tie the match when Brundage headed home a cross from Tyler Leon.

Brundage got the game-winner in overtime off an assist from Mason Snell.

OESJ held a 15-8 edge in shots on goal and 8-0 in corner kicks.

Adan Vasquez made five saves in goal for the Wolves, while Tyler Goodemote made seven stops for BKW.

Mekeel Christian 1, Middleburgh 0

SCOTIA — Daniel McCarty scored the game’s lone goal on a penalty kick to lift Mekeel Christian Academy to a WAC victory over Middleburgh at Maalwyck Park.

Ilan Martuscello made 16 saves for Mekeel Christian Academy.

Will Bankston made five saves for Middleburgh.

Non-league

Guilderland 4, Gloversville 0

GLOVERSVILLE — Guilderland connected for three second-half goals to pick up the non-league victory over the host Dragons Monday night at Gloversville High School.

Dolgeville 3, Canajoharie 1

CANAJOHARIE — Jake Null picked up a pair of goals and Austin Green finished a pass from Owen Davies to give the Blue Devils the non-league victory.

Nick Shariff accounted for Canajoharie’s scoring with an unassisted goal.

Canajoharie outshot Dolgeville 12-10 in the match, with Brian Lamphere picking up 12 saves and an assist in the match for Dolgeville and Jared Bentz made seven stops in net for Canajoharie.

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