Bulldogs, Demons Stay Unbeaten In Classy 0-0 Draw
BY DAVE SHEA
DEKALB JUNCTION - There were no goals and very few words needed to describe Thursday's scoreless tie between host Hermon-DeKalb and Heuvelton in match of two NAC West Boys Soccer teams who are undefeated on the early season.
"There is nothing to needs to be said about the game. It was a great game and both teams played very well. I am proud of all the boys on both teams," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant as the Bulldogs left the field at 2-0-1 and the Demons departed with a 1-0-1 mark as darkness descended.
Both teams return veteran casts and are looking to mount a challenge to defending champion Lisbon which returned the bulk of last year's lineup which ran the table to a 12-0 mark in the division last season.
"Heuvelton is obviously very improved, we have everyone back and Lisbon only lost two starters. It should be a good race," said H-D Coach Marty Amo.
"Kevin Joi, a second team all-star, hurt his ankle in practice and didn't play this week. He is very skilled and will play at center halfback. We can then move Peyton Hamilton up which will help our offense."
Heuvelton enjoyed the better possession and enjoyed an advantage in threatening buildups through it short passing game in Thursday's game. H-D looked to counter in transition and both sides defended corner kicks and throw-ins well.
Th e Bulldogs enjoyed two of their best threats in each of the 10 minute overtimes. In the first overtime the Demons managed to clear the ball after the Bulldogs had three attempts to drive home point blank shots in a goal mouth scramble which was sheer pandemonium. In the second overtime H-D goaltender Andrew Matthews made a point blank save and in the final seconds Matt Basford drove a shot just wide of the left goalpost from the right wing.
Matthews finished with nine saves in the contest and the Bulldogs' Jed Crayford showed good range and anticipation handling 10 shots.
"It was a good game. I thought Heuvelton had the better of the play in the first half but I thought we evened it up pretty good in the second half," said Coach Amo.
CANTON 2 - SALMON RIVER 1
In one Central Division game played on Thursday Canton downed Salmon River 2-1 on Rhett Palmer's goal 3:43 into overtime from Colin Taylor. Taylor also set up Ethan Furnia for the first goal of the game in the 10th minute. Jared Showen tied the score from Gavin Cook with five minutes remaining in regulation.
Parker Hunt made five saves in goal for Canton and John Miller stopped nine shots in the Salmon River goal.
"It was great to see the kids back out there tonight. The loss is tough but we showed lots of heart after a tough start. We will be right back after it against OFA Saturday," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook.