Second-half surge powers Northville past Braves, 6-0
FONDA — Playing for the first time since March 23, the Fonda-Fultonville boys soccer team held Northville scoreless in the first half of Friday’s Western Athletic Conference contest at Boshart Field.
The Falcons, who were playing for the third time in five days, erupted for six second-half goals to post a 6-0 victory over the Braves.
“We moved the ball well in the first half, we just couldn’t finish,” Northville coach Steve Clapper said. “Our possession game set us up well for the second half. We controlled possession and worked together as a team.”
Wyatt Sira and Landon Ginter each scored twice for the Falcons, while Aiden Pierce and Curtis Arnold each had a goal and an assist. Griffin Leiby and J.T. Artikuski each had an assist for Northville, which is in the middle of a stretch of five games in eight days.
After outshooting Fonda-Fultonville 14-1 in the first half, but coming up empty, Northville needed just 2:17 to open the second-half scoring.
Sira scored the game’s first goal on an assist from Arnold with 37:44 to play.
That goal got the Falcons rolling on their way to six unanswered second-half goals.
“Getting an early goal in the second half definitely created a momentum swing for us,” Clapper said. “We worked even harder after we got that first one.”
Sira’s goal opened the floodgates for Northville, who scored all six of their goals in the first 24 minutes of the second half.
Pierce made it 2-0 in favor of the Falcons with an unassisted goal with 33:50 remaining, while Ginter scored on an assist from Leiby to make it 3-0 with 28:56 to play.
Arnold pushed the Northville lead to 4-0 on an assist from Pierce with 21:30 to play, while Sira made it 5-0 with 19:41 remaining on an assist from Arnold.
Ginter closed out the scoring with 16:02 remaining on an assist from Artikuski to make the final score 6-0.
“We haven’t played in a few weeks,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Matt Bloom said. “This was a tough test coming back and having this be the first game. We’ll adjust and get better.”
Landon Frasier made two saves to post the shutout in goal for Northville. It was the second shutout of the season for Frasier.
Jacob Sisco made 13 saves for Fonda-Fultonville, who got a solid effort on defense from Osvaldo Sanchez.
“Their sweeper [Osvaldo Sanchez] played well for them,” Clapper said.
Northville outshot Fonda-Fultonville by a 30-3 margin and also finished with a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
“Coming back to play right after quarantine is a hard spot to be in,” Clapper said. “We did it ourselves and it’s not easy.”
Friday’s contest was the first of a scheduled stretch of three games in four days for Northville.
Northville (2-1 overall, 2-1 WAC) is scheduled to face Mayfield on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fonda-Fultonville before hosting Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
FFCS (0-1-1 overall, 0-1-1 WAC) is slated to travel to Mayfield on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.