BROADALBIN – In a matchup between two of the remaining three unbeaten teams in the Western Athletic Conference, Mayfield scored a pair of second-half goals to register a 3–1 win over Oppenheim-Efrata/St. Boys’ soccer competition in Johnsville.
A game was played on the ground at Patriot Field at Broadbin-Perth High School after rain this week rendered Mayfield’s home ground unplayable.
It was the 10th win in 11 games this season for the Panthers, who are ranked 13th in Class C in the latest poll by the New York Sportswriters Association.
Christian Scunziano and Brody Deal each had one goal and one assist for the Panthers, while Britain’s Goodemott also scored. Trevor Ruberty added an assist for Mayfield.
Mason Snell scored the only goal for OESJ. It was his 21st goal of the season and 90th career goal for Wolves, who are fifth in the state class D poll.
“They have the snail boys who are really good players and they have great team pace. We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Mayfield coach John Caraco said of Wolves. “We focused on trying to play as a unit. We knew they would have an advantage if we went into a 1-on-1 fight with them. We tried to use our depth to our advantage.
After a mostly back-and-forth battle played in the middle of the arena of Oppenheim-Ephrata/St. Johnsville opened the scoring with 18:04 in the first half when Mason Snell ripped a shot inside the right post.
“His first goal shows how good he is,” Caraco said of Mason Snell. “Many of our players had set foot on the ball, but it still wound up behind our net.”
Despite dropping the first goal of the game, the Panthers regrouped in rapid fashion, responding only 45 seconds later when Deal scored with an assist from Roberty to tie the game 1–1.
“That goal could have been time for us to crumble, but we didn’t,” Caraco said. “We got back on that and scored less than a minute later.”
The game was tied at 1-1 till the half.
After the break, Mayfield advanced in an attempt to take his first lead.
The initial pressure paid off when Scunziano found Gudemot with a quick throw-in deep at the OESJ end of the field. Goodmotte sent a shot into the net at the near post to give the Panthers a 2-1 first lead with 31:38.
“Our first goal in the second half was a key game by Scunziano,” Caraco said. “They took throw-ins while they were still being sorted out and we were able to take advantage of that.”
The Panthers added an insurance goal with 27:41 to play when Scunziano, with a deal assist, made it 3–1.
Mayfield, who had recorded three straight shutouts in the game, scored just one goal on Tuesday.
“Tom Young played well defensively for us tonight,” Caraco said. “Our entire defense was really solid against a talented offensive team.”
Young, Jake Petoff, Bryce Wiilliams and Dylan Merck narrowed the high-powered OESJ offense to just four shots on goal.
Coming into the game, OESJ beat their opposition this season by a 67–9 margin.
“We usually do better in larger areas,” said OESJ coach Mark Snell. “We made some mistakes back tonight and it cost us.”
Aiden Martuscello made three saves to seal the win in goal for Mayfield, who has a veteran roster featuring nine seniors and two juniors.
“This group has invested time and energy,” Caraco said. “It is good to see his experience paying off. It’s a fun group to coach.”
Owen Feigls and Pattin Logan Dillenbeck made four saves for OESJ.
It was a fifth consecutive win for the Panthers, whose only defeat came 2–0 at the Mayfield tournament title game on 18 September at the hands of Greenville. The Spartans rank second in the latest Class B state survey. .
While Mayfield continued to roll, it was the second straight loss for OESJ, having dropped a 4-0 non-league decision at the ground in Gloversville on Saturday. Wolves have now suffered two straight defeats after being unbeaten in the last 20 matches. OESJ’s last defeat before Saturday came in a 2-0 loss against Fort Ann in the 2019 Section II Class D Championship Game.
“We’ll get better,” said coach Snell. “I would prefer to lose now rather than sections. We have to adjust and learn from our mistakes.”
Mayfield (9-1 overall, 7-0 WAC) travels to Schenectady to face Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons at 4:15 p.m.
OESJ (9-2-1 overall, 6-1-1 WAC) is slated to host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Saturday in a non-league competition at Soldiers and Sailors Field.
Halftime: 1-1 draw. OESJ Scoring: M. Snell 1-0. Mayfield Scoring: Deal 1-1, Scunziano 1-1, Goodmotte 1-0, Ruberty 0-1. Goalkeepers: OESJ, Feagles 0 saves, Logan Dillenbeck 4 saves. Mayfield, Martuscello, 3 saves.
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