Apparently the rebuilding project is ahead of schedule.
“We’ve rebuilt,” Cooperstown boys varsity soccer coach Frank Miosek said. “It wasn’t easy to replace all those guys, but our team has bought into it. Definitely, they have bought into our system.
“They have mastered the heads up play we teach. They only thing they haven’t mastered yet is a sense of urgency,” he said.
That lack of urgency showed Tuesday as the Redskins staked visiting Mt. Markham to a 1-0 lead before rallying for a 3-1 Center State Conference Division Three victory.
“We’ve been giving up a goal to start the last couple of game,” Miosek said. “I told them if we are going to keep doing that, we might as well just put a one on the scoreboard for the other team to start the game.”
The Mustangs got their goal with just more than 20 minutes into the game when Davide Delia intercepted a pass in the middle of the box. He kicked the ball to Kris Ponder who scored the goal.
“We made a bad pass,” Miosek said. “We passed to the middle of the field, which I never like us to do. We made a mistake and they made us pay for it.”
Michael Rowley tied the game four minutes later on a pass from Ethan Bliss.
With just more than five minutes left in the half, Isaac Gomez gave Cooperstown a 2-1 lead. Gomez dribbled the ball into the box on the right side and scored on a ball to the far post.
Cooperstown got its final goal with 16 minutes left in the game. Liam Heneghan’s shot got deflected by Mustang goalie Mike Gras, but Steven Shultz put the rebound into the net to make it 3-1.
Cooperstown (8-1, 4-0) has now won eight games in a row after a season opening 3-2 loss at Clinton. The Redskins avenged that loss last Friday winning 3-0 at home. The team also beat Davenport 2-1 on Saturday to win the Chic Walshe Tournament for the second year in a row.
Cooperstown is at Morrisville-Eaton today.