Rockets, Demons Score Opening Soccer Victories
BY DAVE SHEA
Entering the season with only 12 players did not deter first year coach Glen Colby from sticking to his plan to force an an uptempo pace at all times.
After the Green Rockets downed neighboring rival Hammond 2-1 in overtime he admitted that his players were tired but not undaunted.
"The guys were tired but they know we want to have a high flying offense. We played well today and so did Hammond. Both goalies made nice saves and we did a good job pushing the ball and getting it to Tristan Simmons," said Coach Colby whose team will visit defending division champion Lisbon today.
"I want goalie Kade Marshall turning that ball upfield as fast as he can at all times."
Hermon-DeKalb fulfilled preseason optimism scoring a 2-0 season opening win over Harrisville in the other West Division action of the game.
MORRISTOWN 2 - HAMMOND 1 OT
Morristown's Tristan Simmons opened and closing the scoring of the contest which was tied 0-0 at half. He scored seven minutes after halftime converting off a cross from Wyatt Simmons and ended the contest five minutes into sudden victory overtime taking a through pass from Jonah Witherhead and converting a clean break-away on goal.
Hammond's Cooper Bennett tied the score with 10 minutes play. He drew a tripping call in the penalty area and then neatly converted his own rebound after Kade Marshall made stopped the ensuing penalty shot. Marshall finished with three saves for the Rockets.
Lukas McQueer finished with nine saves for Hammond including a close range stop and a diving cover of a rebound in the second minute of overtime.
"We definitely made a lot improvement over our first game today. Our defense played well and we had some chances on offense," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We just didn't play the ball through enough. I told the guys that we had to lot to do that all the time because we just aren't going to beat Kade Marshall from the 18. Lukas McQueer made some great stops for us."
HERMON-DEKALB 2 - HARRISVILLE 0
Andrew Matthews made seven saves post a shutout as H-D won the NAC West opener for both teams. Randy Durham scored midway through the first half for the Demons and Jaydion Carrow converted a break-away from Jacob Coller with 10 minutes to play.
"Andrew Matthews played great in goal," said H-D Coach Marty Amo.
Netminder Pierce made six saves for Harrisville.
Pirates coach Rick Bearor remains tied with former Canton coach Roger Dusharm for the Section 10 lead in career wins at 406.