Cherry Valley-Springfield is still the team to beat in boys varsity soccer in the Tri-Valley League.
The Patriots proved that Friday in Milford by stifling the Wildcats offense en route to a 2-0 victory.
“It is a little frustrating, that’s for sure,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said after his team got just six shots on goal against the CV-S defense. “In the first half, CV-S put us back on our heels.”
The second half wasn’t much better. Milford didn’t get a second half shot on goal until there was 13:53 left in the game.
Peyton Griffiths, the Wildcat forward who leads the team in scoring, was a solitary figure, denied the ball by the Patriot defense, and the constant attack of the CV-S offense.
“I think our short game was working very well,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “We got them unbalanced. We were crashing (the goal) well. Our team play has really come together.”
Midway through the second half, Spurchise dropped Griffiths back to midfield in an attempt to get the junior into the flow of the game. It worked enough to get the Wildcats some late shots on goal, but didn’t produce any scores.
“The problem was he wasn’t touching the ball. They were double and triple teaming (Peyton), so it was hard for us to get it to him,” Spurchise said. “Part of the problem was we didn’t have good touches.”
“The thing is, teams are going to do that with him,” he continued. “Frankly, someone else is going to have to step up and get some goals for us too.”
CV-S started slowly, but found its rhythm midway through the first half, and scored twice in the final 10 on two hustle plays.
Dan Bosma scored the first goal with 8:08 left in the half on a rebound. Hunter Cox kicked a long ball that nearly arched into the goal. Milford goalie Max Lang knocked it down, but Bosma boxed him out to get the rebound and put it in the goal.