|Date:||September 23, 2017|
Knights Break Through, Top Pomfret for 1st Win of Fall
Salisbury snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 4-3 win over Pomfret, but it didn't come easy. “We arrived late and had only 15 minutes to warm up,” victorious coach Ben Walsh reported later. “It showed, as we gave up two soft goals in the first 15 minutes.”
What looked like a continuation of Wednesday’s defensive lapses in a loss at Kent, however, soon abated. “Things settled down a bit,” Walsh said, “and we started to control the play a bit more – but not without a couple of scares here and there that were taken care of by [the defensive efforts of] Theo Biddle and Addi Teye-Botchway.”
Still, the offense mustered little. But with a minute remaining in the first half, Diego Narvaez scored a spectacular goal to trim the Griffins’ lead to 2-1 heading into the halftime. With time running down, Narvaez broke from the backline and chipped the ball from 30 yards out to the back post and into the net.
The goal gave the Knights a morale boost, and Walsh re-set the formation for the second half to promote the attack. “We came back out in a 4-2-3-1,” the Knights’ head coach explained, “as the field was narrow, and we wanted to gamble and put some of our firepower farther up the field while maintaining numbers back.” In addition, Jonah Anderson took over goal-tending duties to start the second half and made some key saves to stem Pomfret in the defensive end while the Salisbury attack clawed its way back.
Uli Soto and Thomas Yegbor combined on a deft display of passing, with Yegbor setting up his teammate for a brilliant goal from a difficult angle to tie the game at 2-all. Just minutes later, Teye-Botchway lofted a ball over the top that connected with Yegbor, who finished confidently to put the Knights ahead for the first time in the game, 3-2.
Yegbor wasn’t done. The talented fourth former would finish a fine day with a blast from 35 that froze the keeper on its way to the back of the net. “The goalie wouldn't have been able to get there in any event,” Walsh commented of the Yegbor scorcher, “which Thomas launched with his right foot,” Walsh exclaimed, “his off-foot!”
Pomfret made things interesting with a goal in the 65th minute to close within one, 4-3. “For the remaining 25 minutes,” Walsh recounted, “play moved back and forth. We got important contributions off the bench from Gates Jansen and Carlos Gomez. In addition, Seth Gelwarg and Juancho Ulivi sat in the central midfield and frustrated Pomfret’s movement up the field. We eventually held on for a much-needed first win.”
After four road games to start the season, the Knights (1-3) will finally make their first home appearance next Wednesday with a 3:30 contest against powerful Northfield Mount Hermon. The Hoggers have outscored their opponents 12-0 in winning the first two games of their season.