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Valley Sports Report
TOWANDA — Junior Mason Hughey scored five goals, including three in less than two minutes in the second half, to lift Sayre to a 6-3 win over Towanda here Thursday night in NTL boys soccer action at the Endless Mountains Sports Complex.

With the win, the Redskins improve to 4-7 after posting just three wins in a 3-13 season in 2019.

“My goal was to be better than last year and we have improved, but we have lots to still work on,” said Sayre coach Greg Hughey.

Towanda led 2-1 until Hughey netted his second goal of the game with 7:42 remaining in the first half to tie the game.

Freshman Alex Campbell scored five minutes later to give the Redskins a 3-2 lead they would carry into the halftime intermission.

“We played very flat in the first part of the first half,” said Hughey. “The second half we played with much more intensity and moved the ball better.  

“We scored three quick goals in the second half, and played defense the rest of the way,” noted Hughey.

“I was happy with our second half, but we need to work on playing with intensity right away,” he added.

With 23:23 remaining in the contest, Hughey scored to up the Sayre advantage to 4-2.

Just 16 seconds later, Hughey intercepted a pass and launched a long shot over the keeper’s head to make it 5-2.

Hughey completed his second-half hat trick 89 seconds later, giving the Redskins a 6-2 lead.

Towanda’s Logan Lambert provided the final margin with 16:19 remaining in the contest.

Towanda’s Vinnie Carbo started the evening’s scoring with 28:11 remaining in the first half, but Hughey evened the score just 11 seconds later.

With 15:24 left in the first half, Lambert game Towanda a 2-1 lead.

Campbell recorded two assists for Sayre, and sophomore Brayden Post, Hughey, and Austin Benjamin each had one. Austin Fowler had an assist for Towanda.

Hughey said a couple youngsters provided a spark Thursday.

“We had some freshmen come in and play well for us,” he said. “Braylon DeKay and Aiden Ennis stepped in and made some nice defensive plays. Cole (Gelbutis) played well in goal, and Mason and Alex Campbell worked well with each other.”

Sayre had a 12-8 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Towanda’s Cody Griffith recorded six saves in net, and Sayre’s Cole Gelbutis had five.

Sayre returns to action Monday at Troy.


IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Mason Hughey. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.

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