CONTROL THE BALL — AJ Fisher takes the ball down the field in the S-GI boys varsity soccer team’s game against Pioneer on Sept. 24. Photo submitted by Deb Gill.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity soccer team lost two games, this past week. The team fell short on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Depew 2 – 1. Kevin Zabawa cashed in, during the first half, off a pass from right midfielder Ryan Knight. Goalkeeper Nolan Gills made 10 saves.
“Nolan had his strongest game of the season, making some huge saves early in the first half,” said Coach Tom Szczerbacki.
On Sept. 24, the boys lost 1 – 0, versus Pioneer under the lights at Pop Warner Field. Goalkeeper Nolan Gills saved eight of nine attempted shots.
“Nolan was pumped and focused, right from the start,” said Szczerbacki. “Nolan has looked very strong, the last two games. We look forward to the second half of the season, with him as our goalkeeper,” the coach added.
Nolan made a diving save at the 15-minute mark and and another save off a redirection from a corner kick, shortly before halftime, to keep the score at 0.
“Jason Fisher had a strong game on defense and stopper Tyler Hanrahan had a solid game, as well,” noted Szczerbacki.
The coach emphasized his team’s defense during the last two games.
“Defensively, the back four have played very well, the last two games. That’s where it all starts. We need to play strong defensively and do it consistently and that will create more opportunities on offense,” the coach said.
He added that a big part of the success defensively has been the plays of sweeper Jon Weronski.
“Jon was moved to sweeper against Depew and played an outstanding game. Jon is a force in the back and is a very vocal leader, on this team,” he explained.
In addition, the coach highlighted center midfielders Owen Gow and Branden Sullivan, who he said both had outstanding games in the middle.
“These two players control the middle. Defensively, they get back and support, and on the offensive side they play off each other. They see the field and distribute the ball very well,” he said.
The boys will head off to play Amherst on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.