Boys Soccer Roundup: OESJ tops Mayfield in clash of WAC leaders
MAYFIELD — Coming off strong late-season tournament play, the Western Athletic Conference division leaders squared off under the lights Tuesday night at Mayfield High School.
Mohawk Division leader Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville came in off a third-place finish in the Maple Hill Tournament, while the host Mayfield Panthers collected the championship trophy at the Fulton County Cup on Monday at Gloversville High School.
After a back-and-forth first half that finished in a 1-1 draw, the Wolfpack gained control midway through the second half and finished with a pair of goals from Chinnakrit Aroontheerapoj to defeat Mayfield 4-2.
“They have one loss now and we have one loss,” Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville coach Mark Snell said. “Last year it was almost identical. They were undefeated in the league and we had one loss in the league. We came in and did the same thing, beat them on their home field and that is a hard thing to do.”
OESJ struck first when Zach Mosher gained control of the ball in the Mayfield defensive zone and pushed it to Jack Brundage to finish for a 1-0 lead with 13:50 to play in the opening half.
The Panthers picked up their intensity and tied the match when Dylan Bumpus headed the ball to Daniel Leach that he finished for the game-tying goal with 8:54 left in the half.
Both teams created chances in the closing minutes of the half with Brundage narrowly missing on a breakaway and Leach putting a direct kick on net that OESJ goalkeeper Adan Vasquez collected as time expired in first half.
The Wolfpack pushed for the tie-breaker early in the second half.
Mayfield goalkeeper Evan Lehr came up with a big stop when Brundage lifted a pass in front of the goal that Jaedyn Logan-Dillenbeck headed on net.
The Panthers fed off the play and moved quickly pushed forward to break the 1-1 deadlock.
Colby Brandow fired a shot on goal that Vasquez knocked down. Anthony Yuret beat Vasquez to the loose ball and pushed it back to Brandow to finish for a 2-1 advantage with 25 minutes left to play.
The Wolfpack fought back and just under three minutes later got the equalizer when Zach Mosher hit a low drive to the near post that settled into the back of the net to tie the match at two apiece with 22:18 remaining.
OESJ broke the deadlock with 14:42 remaining when Aroontheerapoj received the ball on a throw in and pushed it to Brundage on the right side. Aroontheerapoj made a run to the far post as Brundage dribbled toward goal before pushing the ball in front of the goal for Aroontheerapoj to finish for a 3-2 lead with 14:42 left to play.
Just over a minute later, Aroontheerapoj added his second goal of the match winning and finishing a 50-50 ball in the box with 13:27 showing on the clock to put the final score at 4-2.
“The combination play was never there from the beginning,” Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. “They put so much pressure on our midfielders so we were never able to start stringing together passes. Every play took a little more energy because we were chasing the ball so much. Even when we had the ball we were chasing passes that were missing by a yard here or there. So in addition to playing a lot of games in a short amount of time we didn’t do ourselves any favors by not passing accurately and turning the game into more of a chase than it needed to be.”
Mayfield’s last three games were played on the road on artificial turf at Gloversville High School before returning to the new natural grass pitch at Mayfield High School on Tuesday.
“It was obviously an impact that the ball plays so much differently on turf than grass but that is not an excuse,” Caraco said. “They took advantage of their opportunities. Brundage and Mosher is very good and Aroontheerapoj just hurt us all day. They were quick to the ball and we reacted while they anticipated. Eventually that paid off for them.”
For the match, Mayfield held the edge in shots on goal with 10, while OESJ had seven and both teams had three corner kicks.
Vasquez made eight stops in goal for the Wolfpack, while Lehr recorded three saves for Mayfield.
With sectionals beginning next week, coach Snell said that last weekend’s tournament helped his team.
“We struggled a bit against Maple Hill because their defenders are as good if not better than a lot of my more skilled players so we did a lot of chasing in that game,” he said. “But it exposed our weaknesses and now we can fix those things going into sectionals. They showed us what we do wrong so now we can fix it.”
With the victory OESJ, ranked 10th in the Class D state rankings, improves to 12-2-0 overall and 9-1-0 in the WAC Division 2 standings.
Mayfield, ranked 20th in the state in Class C, falls to 12-2-0 overall and 8-1-0 in the WAC Division 1 standings.
The Panthers will take to the pitch again tonight with a 7 p.m. match against WAC rival Fort Plain, while OESJ will travel to play Mekeel Christian Academy on Friday before closing out their season at home on senior night against Doane Stuart.
Bishop Gibbons 3, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 0
SCHENECTADY — Wil Lawson finished with two goals to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a WAC victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo.
Connor Barber also scored for the Golden Knights, while Lorenzo Marchisio added an assist. Cole Nelson made 18 saves to post the shutout for Bishop Gibbons.
Queensbury 11, Scotia-Glenville 0
SCOTIA — Teddy Borgos scored seven goals and had an assist to power Queensbury to a Foothills Council over Scotia-Glenville.
Drew Crawford, Sam Rowley and Aidan Jordi-Donnelly both added a goal and an assist each for the Spartans, who scored six times in the first 14 minutes.
Asa Edwards also scored for Queensbury (13-1 overall, 11-0 Foothills), while Peter Crawford had three assists.
Ethan Willis and Jack Sylvia combined to make seven saves to share the shutout win for the Spartans. It was the 10th shutout of the season for Queensbury.
Dominic Jack made eight saves for Scotia-Glenville (8-6 overall, 6-5 Foothills).
Northern Soccer League
Wells 6, Indian Lake/Long Lake 1
WELLS — The Indians got scoring from six different players as they rolled to the 6-1 win over Indian Lake/Long Lake.
Matt Speece, Matt Richards, Sabastian Beach, Daniel Johnson, Coby Stuart and Shane Kennedy all found the back of the net for Wells, while Beach, Johnson and Stuart also had assists as did Byron Stuart.
Coxsackie-Athens 1, Fonda-Fultonville 0
FONDA — Coxsackie-Athens scored early and held off the Braves for a 1-0 victory Tuesday at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Jamison Baker connected on a 20-yard shot two minutes into the match for the lone score of the match.
Mitch Araya collected nine saves on 23 Coxsackie-Athens shots, while the Braves posted 12 shots on goal. The Indians also held a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.