KEEP IT UP — Collin Proctor, above, plays defense for West Valley Central School. Photo by Lisa Proctor.
WEST VALLEY — This past week capped off a historic week for the West Valley boys soccer program. The week began with a 4-0 loss to North Collins. The team rebounded with wins against Hinsdale and Pine Valley.
On Oct. 9, the team entered the Hinsdale contest with a 6-5 record, posting six wins. Those wins had previously tied the 1996 team which went 6-11-1, for the school’s most wins in a season.
The Wildcats scored 3 goals in three minutes, midway through the first half, to take control of the game. Ethan Boberg netted the first goal and Rin Tojo added the other 2. Assists were made by Matt Proctor, Austin Wierzba and Boberg.
“The team dominated the time of possession and imposed their will on the Bobcats,” said coach Kristopher Fuller.
Tojo added a fourth goal, with under a minute remaining, to seal the 4-1 victory. In both season meetings with Hinsdale, Tojo has tallied a hat trick. In the two games, the Wildcats have outscored the Bobcats 9-2. Jon Zimmer had 15 saves and Dan Colf added five, for the win. The seven wins make the 2013 team the all-time leader in wins, in West Valley history.
On Oct. 11, the Wildcats traveled to Pine Valley for a league matchup. The team extended its all-time record with its eighth win of the season. The Wildcats’ offense raced out to a 3-0 lead and controlled the tempo of the game, according to the coach. The boys added a second goal, for a 4-1 win.
Tojo led the way, with 2 goals; Boberg and Wierzba added the others. Emil Erlandson tallied two assists and Paul Davies added a third. Zimmer made 15 saves.
Boys soccer at WVCS was established in 1990 and ran seven years, through the 1996 season. Despite setting the mark for most wins, the 1996 team, led by Dan Meyers, was the last season the school fielded a team. Soccer was abandoned for football, which ran through the 2009 season. Boys soccer was re-established in 2012 and has thrived, ever since.
In two seasons, the Wildcats have won a combined 13 games, giving them more wins than any 2-year span in the 90s.
“Two years ago, this program did not exist. In only two years, the Wildcats have gone from absolute zero to setting the all-time wins record,” Fuller said.
A SLEW OF SENIORS — The West Valley boys soccer team has a number of seniors, who will finish off their high school career on a winning note. Top row, from left: Brandon Rockwood, captain Derek Wells, captain Collin Proctor, Jesse Nelson. Bottom row, from left: Josh Fleischman, Mike Nowak, Evan Williams and Frank Cardamone. Photo submitted by Kristopher Fuller.
Of the nine boys soccer seasons in school history, the 2013 team is now the all-time leader in wins.
“I am extremely honored to be coaching this group of young men. In establishing this program, I could’ve only dreamed about the success we are enjoying right now,” Fuller said. “It shows how hard these athletes have worked and dedicated themselves to the program. I feel gracious as to how quickly this program has flourished and experienced success. No matter where these boys may venture in life, they’ll always be part of this program, and a member of the all-time winningest team.”
The team has had four wins in its last five games, outscoring its opponents 14-3. The offense has now racked up 30 goals on the season, more than doubling last season’s total of 13. The Wildcats have now scored 3 or more goals in six games this season, compared to achieving that feat once, last season.
The offensive attack is led by Tojo, Wierzba, Boberg, Erlandson, Davies, Matt Proctor, Mike Nowak, Frank Cardamone, Caleb Homan, Josh Fleischman, Evan Williams and Jared Ras.
In the previous four wins, the defense has allowed a total of 3 goals. The defense is anchored by sweeper Patrick Enser, mid fielder Gaege Morris, wings Collin Proctor and Derek Wells. Also contributing to a unit that has allowed fewer than a goal per game are Christian Grover, Jesse Nelson, Brandon Rockwood, Troy Hamblin, Brad Aguirre, Lucas Smith, Zimmer and Colf.
The season has been highlighted by the performance of Tojo, Erlandson and Wierzba, according to the coach. Tojo now has 14 goals on the season, surpassing the team’s 2012 total of 13. His 14 goals rank him in second place in the Cattaraugus County Athletic Association Central. His 14 goals are double the record set by Cole Stanbro, who netted a team high of 7 in 2012. He has scored 14 goals in 11 games for a Wildcat record of 8-3, in those games. He has recorded three hat tricks, and has had five muti-goal games.
Erlandson, with eight assists on the season, ties him for first place in the league. Wierzba ranks sixth in goals with 7, and is tied for fifth in assists with five.
The team is now 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the league. The six league wins have tripled the amount of last year’s team. In 2012, the team’s record was 2-10, and now, one year later, the team posts a 6-4 league mark.
The Wildcats also have three series sweeps, over Cassadaga Valley, Pine Valley and Hinsdale. The final week featured three games. On Oct. 16, the team took on Frewsburg away. Oct. 17 saw a home game against Silver Creek and the Cats traveled to Franklinville on Oct. 19.