WEST VALLEY — On Oct. 2, in the first encounter between the two teams, the West Valley Central School Wildcats shut out the Cassadaga Valley Cougars on Cougar home turf, 3-0.
The boys were held in check until after the half, when they erupted for 3 goals. Rin Tojo netted 2 goals and Austin Wierzba added another.
Emil Erlandson led with two assists and Patrick Enser had a third. The offense was led by Matt Proctor, Mike Nowak, Ethan Boberg, Caleb Homan, Paul Davies, Christian Grover, Frank Cardamone and Evan Williams. Jon Zimmer made 15 saves, for his second shutout of the season.
Aiding in the shutout were defenders Collin Proctor, Derek Wells, Gaege Morris, Patrick Enser, Josh Fleischman, Jesse Nelson, Brandon Rockwood, Brad Aguirre, Troy Hamblin and Dan Colf.
On Oct. 5, the Cougars visited West Valley and the Wildcats defended their home field, winning 3-1.
The three boys who scored were Tojo, Erlandson and Wierzba. Assists were tallied by Wierzba and Matt Proctor. The offense controlled possession for the majority of the game, only allowing the Cougars 10 shots on goal. Zimmer made 15 saves.
The Wildcats’ defense was “suffocating, during both games,” according to coach Kristopher Fuller. The boys held Kyle Ruge, the Cougar’s leading scorer, with 9 goals on the season, to a handful of shots.
“Our defense battled and held their star player in check,” Fuller said.
West Valley, a Class D school, has now been victorious in four games against Class C schools. The team has defeated Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Silver Creek and Cassadaga Valley twice.
Three program marks were set, during the week. Goaltender Zimmer now has six wins on the season, surpassing Dylan Westfall’s four wins in 2012. Tojo, with 9 goals, has trumped Cole Stanbro’s 7 goals of last season.
Erlandson, with 5 assists on the season, has erased another of Stanbro’s marks, who had 3.
The team’s record is now 6-4 overall and 5-3 in league play. The six wins have tied the 1996 team that went 6-11-1, for the most wins in a season.
The 1996 team was the last soccer team the school fielded until the program was resurrected last season.
This week, the boys hosted North Collins on Oct. 8 and Hinsdale on Oct. 9. The boys traveled to Pine Valley on Oct. 11.