Weekly Feature

2018-10-11 / Sports

Maryvale boys soccer doubles up Lake Shore

Maryvale’s boys soccer team fought through adverse conditions Thursday to defeat Lake Shore, 2-1, and improve to 9-1 against ECIC III competition at the time.

The field was very wet from the rain earlier in the day, which made it difficult for the players to keep their footing and make passes. The Flyers needed about 15 minutes to really hit their stride, but once they got on track, coach Tom Staebell noted that Maryvale “really dominated” play.

Al Raczynski controlled the midfield and continued to deliver perfect passes to the outside midfielders and strikers, including one to Van Hmung in the 23rd minute that resulted in a 1-0 lead for the Flyers. The team continued to have solid chances to score during the remainder of the first half but could not find the net.

Lake Shore then scored in the 57th minute of play, ending the Flyers’ streak of 13 consecutive halves without allowing a goal. That goal didn’t deflate Maryvale, however, as Matt Brown scored in the 71st minute, assisted by Raczynski, to give the Flyers what would be the game-winning tally.

Matt Wrosz, Mike Ranney, Nooh Mujamal and goalie Van Leng all had strong games for the Flyers, while the defense of Alex Jauch, AJ Wellenc and Noah Schreiber turned in another strong performance.

East Aurora would also find the back of the net against Maryvale two days later, but unlike Lake Shore, the state’s third-ranked Class B squad was able to more than once, resulting in the Blue Devils’ 2-1 triumph.

Maryvale came out strong, stringing several good passes together until Hmung notched his fifth goal of the season in the sixth minute of play to quickly put East Aurora on its heels. Hmung scored on a long-range shot, off a pass from Blake Borycki, that found the upper left corner of the net.

The Flyers continued to play well to close out the first half and maintain their one-goal advantage, but East Aurora came out with renewed effort in the offensive end of the pitch. Jauch, Wellenc, Schreiber, Tanner Quigley, Seth Schlosser and Wrosz stood strong defensively for Maryvale, but with 17 minutes left in the game, East Aurora scored its first of two consecutive goals off corner kicks. The Blue Devils’ second tally came just three minutes later.

Jauch made several good runs out of the back in the final few minutes of regulation in a bid to try and spark the offense, but the Flyers were unable to get a quality shot on net.

Raczynski played another outstanding game in the midfield, while Khem Adhikar, Matt Ricchiazzi, Manpret Singh, Austin Doty and Mike Ranney all put forth strong efforts.

Maryvale (10-2, 9-2 ECIC III) returned to action Tuesday by hosting Eden and then traveled to crosstown rival Cheektowaga the next night, but information was not available at press time for either contest. The Flyers close out their regular season Friday by hosting Springville.

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