GET THAT BALL — Rin Tojo drives the ball down the field, during a recent game. Watching him go, from left: Patrick Enser, Matt Proctor and Jon Zimmer in goal. Photo submitted by Leandra Fuller.
WEST VALLEY — On Sept. 13, the West Valley Wildcats traveled to North Collins and lost 3-0. Jon Zimmer made 15 saves, in the effort.
The team traveled down to Hinsdale on Sept. 17 for a non-league game. The Wildcats beat the Bobcats, with a score of 5-1. Rin Tojo tallied the hat trick, scoring 3 goals. Also scoring for West Valley were Austin Wierzba and Mike Nowak. Assists were led by Wierzba with two, and Tojo, Emil Erlandson, Ethan Boberg each added one apiece. The only goal for Hinsdale was an own goal. The defensive effort was led by Collin Proctor, Matt Proctor, Patrick Enser, Gaege Morris, Evan Williams and Caleb Homan. This was the most team goals that team has scored in a game and the first hat trick by a player in the WVCS program’s two seasons. Zimmer made 15 saves and Dan Colf added two, in the win.
On Sept. 20, the Wildcats invited Pine Valley to West Valley, for a league contest. Despite being down 1-0 at halftime, the boys regrouped and scored twice in the second for a 2-1 win. Tojo scored off a feed from Boberg, to tie the game at 1 apiece. The second goal was an own goal off the Panthers, which was the eventual game winner.
Zimmer collected 20 saves for his third win of the season. Despite being down two defensive starters, the defense held strong throughout the game, according to coach Kristopher Fuller. The effort was led by Enser, Collin Proctor, Matt Proctor, Williams, Homan and Frank Cardamone.
“This was the first time in our two seasons to be losing at halftime and come back to win,” Fuller noted. “This also marks the first time we have won back-to-back games, as well.”
West Valley is now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.
“Our record is due to our offense coming alive, this season, and being able to produce goals. Through five games, we have scored 10 goals and are on pace to eclipse last season’s total of 13 goals. Our two league wins have already matched our total from last season,” Fuller explained.
This week, the cats took on Silver Creek away on Sept. 23 and brought Frewsburg to the home turf on Sept. 25.