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.
Less than five minutes later, Ryan Jaquay scored on another rebound. Jake Spencer hit the post on a shot to the right corner. Jaquay followed the shot, and it bounced to him on the left side of the goal. Lang couldn’t recover from the first shot, and Jaquay put it in the left side netting for a 2-0 lead with 3:34 left in the half.
“You know what, this win came from the hard work you guys put in, in practice last night,” Adams told her team.
Spurchise, on the other hand, said he told his team that they would have another shot at CV-S at the end of the season. The teams will play again on Oct. 14 in Cherry Valley.
“CV-S is well coached. They have a style of play that works for them, and they run it very well. But it is only one game. We’ll get another chance at them,” he said.
On Monday, CV-S beat Edmeston 2-0 at home to go to 4-0. Bosma and Jake Spencer scored first half goals. Ben Drugatz had two assists.
The Patriots visited Morris Wednesday after deadline. They host Laurens on Friday.
Milford (4-1, 3-1) won at Franklin, 2-1 in overtime, Monday. Eli Rutledge scored the game winner with three minutes left in the first overtime. Blake Elliott also scored.
The Wildcats played at Edmeston Wednesday after deadline. They host Morris on Friday.
CV-S 2, Milford 0
CV-S 2 0 - 2
Milford 0 0 – 0
Cherry Valley-Springfield: Dan Bosma 1-0, Ryan Jaquay 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: C 13-4; M 6-8.
Goalies: Jeremy Pickett (C) 3; Max Lang (M) 13.