FANCY FOOTWORK — Springville-Griffith Institute’s Kevin Zabawa juggles the ball in a game against Lake Shore. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity soccer team fell to Maryvale 5-3, on Oct. 2. Springville trailed 2-0 early on, but made the score 2-2 before halftime. Owen Gow scored off a feed from Kevin Zabawa and Zabawa found the back off a ball from Brandon Sullivan. Springville was unable to contain Maryvale in the second half, and the host Flyers scored 3 second-half goals, for the 5-3 win. Trey Aebly scored late off a feed from Andrew Lavanture, for Springville’s third goal.
“This team just never gives up,” said S-GI coach Tom Szczerbacki. “We gave a couple up early and we just showed great composure and battled back and continued to apply pressure, late in the game, but just fell short.
“Defensively, we had a few miscues that cost us and we just could not get it done,” he added.
Senior forward Zabawa now has 5 goals and three assists on the year, after a 2-point performance against Maryvale.
“Kevin is a great kid. He has really improved his game, this year,” said Szczerbacki. “He has good touch and can shoot the ball. He uses his height well and he has been able to cash in and use his head, on balls that are played across the field or off corner kicks. He brings a ton of passion and heart and wants to win.”
The S-GI men played Lake Shore on Oct. 3. Springville fell behind 2-0, once again, but cut Lake Shore’s lead to 2-1, midway through the second half, with a goal from Dustin Emerson. With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, the Griffs had four shots on goal, in a two-minute span, and nearly tied the game. However, Lake Shore recovered to score 2 late goals, for a 4-1 victory.
“This team plays with great passion and never gets frustrated,” added Szczerbacki, about his Springville squad. “We play till the last click of the clock and that’s what makes it fun. It gives us a chance, in most contests we play. We continued to play hard and had Lake Shore on their heels, a little bit. We were knocking the ball around pretty well and created a number of scoring chances, but could not cash in.”
After allowing one goal to Amherst in late September, Springville has now allowed 9 goals in two straight losses. Against Lake Shore, injuries forced Szczerbacki to move senior captain Brandon Sullivan to stopper, to make up for some injuries on their backline.
“Brandon did a great job for us,” Szczerbacki said, of the player. “He created opportunities for us offensively, with his vision and ball control, on the back end. Defensively, the miscues at the end hurt. We need to communicate better and make sure we play more sound defensively and limit our mistakes. If we do that, I know this team will finish the season strong.”