IAC BOYS SOCCER: ELMIRA BLANKS WAVERLY, 6-0
(2019-09-28)Valley Sports Report
ELMIRA — Elmira scored five times in the first half, and cruised to a 6-0 win over Waverly here Saturday afternoon in non-league Section IV girls soccer action.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with how we managed this game and were able to hold them to only one goal in the second half,” said Waverly coach Eric Ryck.
“This team is scrappy, and they play a full 80 minutes,” added Ryck. “They have tons of grit, and wheelbarrow loads of heart!. I am proud of them today and everyday.”
Ryck said he knew Elmira was more talented, and the Wolverines tried a defensive tactic to win the game.
“We knew we couldn’t play toe-to-toe with them, our strategy was to stack 10 bodies in front of the ball and when we won it send it over the top to our striker,” said Ryck.
“We hoped we could create some quick-transition opportunities and win free kicks and throw-ins on their end.
“We made a couple costly errors right in front of our goal and Elmira made us pay,” added ryck. “Their striker, Noah Sperduto, was a handful. My defense tried really hard to close him down, but if he had any space at all it was quickly off his foot and headed for goal.”
Griffin Squires opened the scoring three minutes into the game, then Sperduto scored goals 90 second apart to give the Express a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the game.
Sperduto complete his hat trick midway through the first half, and Kytrell Stroman finished off Elmira’s first-half scoring with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Squires made it 6-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Elmira outshot Waverly 22-1, and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
Sophomore Cameron McIsaac recorded 16 saves in net for Waverly.
The Wolverines, now 1-6, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Newfield.
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