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Springville-GI JV soccer ends in a slump

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity boys soccer team suffered four straight losses, to bring its 2012 season to a close, with a below .500 average.

During the final three games, which were all played on the road, Springville dropped contests to Pioneer, East Aurora and Cheektowaga. The team’s final record was 4 – 12, as the club won two of its last 12 games. On Monday, Oct. 15, Springville lost to Pioneer 3 – 1.

“The game was another on the long list of games that must be frustrating for Springville fans to watch, because so many of their losses seem to be competitive and could be victories, with a little luck and effort,” said Coach Martin Niefergold, who described the first 20 minutes of the game as “back and forth.”

After the 20-minute mark of the first half, a failure to clear a rebound, in front of Springville’s goal, resulted in a 1 – 0 Pioneer lead, despite the save on the initial shot by S-GI Goalkeeper Stephen Lightcap. Before the half was over, Pioneer had doubled its lead to 2 – 0.

An inability to clear the ball away from the net resulted in a 3 – 0 deficit, for the road team. Finally, with approximately 5 minutes to go in the game, Derek Bush took a pass from Dustin Emerson and scored on a breakaway, to make the score 3 – 1. It was Bush’s first goal of the season and his second game with the JV team.

Another road loss came on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in East Aurora, which “dominated the game, from beginning to end,” according the Niefergold. Springville encountered its worst margin of defeat yet, this season, falling 9 – 0. Bush, the lone scorer in the last game, surrendered all nine goals. “He had a lot of action, but not too much help,” Niefergold said.

The season came to an end on Friday, Oct. 19 in Cheektowaga, a game that was rescheduled from Oct. 9. Paul Frank, who had missed more than a month with concussion symptoms, returned to the Springville lineup in time to close out the season, but absent from the game was Emerson, who also had shown signs of a concussion.

With 12 players, Springville hit the field and lost 6 – 1, to end the season 4 – 12. Damian Fisher, who scored his first goal this fall, in that game, along with Garrett Frank, Mark Doud, Lightcap and Emerson, was called up after the game to assist the varsity team in its playoff push. “We wish them all the best of luck,” said Niefergold.

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