OFA Boys Soccer Coach Matt Morley is extremely happy that his team is undefeated at 4-0 (3-0 NAC Central) and unscored upon after recording an impressive 4-0 Central Division victory against Malone on Thursday at Kennedy School.
But one thing makes him ever happier.
His assessment that the Blue Devils are getting better with every game.
We had seven starters back but some of them were juniors or underclassmen. So as a team we are still growing, said Morley after the Devils used superior finishing to hand Malone (3-1, 2-1 NAC Central) its first division loss despite a 16-10 shots on goal advantage.
Tristan Moore did a great job playing only his second game at sweeper and our reserves played very well again. Peyton Lalone is going have a lot of assists for us this year and his goals will also come. Jake Sias faced his biggest test of the season and had a great game.
Sias collected 13 of his 16 saves in the second half as OFA thwarted a determined effort by the Huskies to rally from a 3-0 halftime deficit. Sias steered three dangerous shots over the crossbar and made a point blank stop in a scramble to preserve his fourth straight shutout.
This was such a big win today because Malone is biggest, fastest and most physical team we have faced, said Morley.
I was happy with the way the guys matched up with their physicality and used their finese to take control of the game with some nice goals.
The Devils scored three nice goals in a six-minute span of the first half, two on emphatic finishes by halfback Matt Piercey.
In the 22nd minute, Piercey controlled a cross from Peyton Lalone and at the top of the bubble and buried a shot in the lower lefthand corner of the net.
Two minutes later, Piercey headed home a long throw-in from Seth Pinkerton which carried in front of the left corner from the right sideline.
In the 28th minute, Lalone took a pass from Conor Hannan, dribbled past a defender and converted a one-on-one opportunity against Malone keeper Austin LaMay (7 saves) who had no chance to stop any of the OFA goals.
The only goal of the second half came with 12 minutes to play when Dave Prudhomme carried the ball out of the defensive end and sent a through pass to Hannan who teed up a hard shot inside the right goalpost.
Malone 2 - OFA JVs 1: Dylan Jock scored on a 24-yard direct kick midway through the second half to spark a comeback attempt for the Devils.
We had a good game today. After Dylan Jock scored we had some chances to tie the score, said OFA Coach Jim Howard who cited Noah Moore, Ben Hammond, Max Ahrens, Josiah Fifield and Matt Sholette for making strong runs on the front line and midfield; Matt Ramm and Alexis Sias for fine play on defense and Justin McCormick for a staunch 16-save goaltending effort.
Massena 5 - Gouverneur 0: Forrest Brockway netted the only goal the Raiders (2-2, 101 NAC) would need in the 23rd minute off an assist from Dylan Stone. Dan Elman and Dalton Mullin then broke the game open with unassisted goals just three minutes apart in the closing stages of the first half. Tyler Young and Phillip Sharpe scored in the second half. Cameron Marsh handled two shots in the shutout