vs. Westminster School
|Date:||October 14, 2017|
2nd-Half Binge Propels Knights over Westy
Four second-half goals broke a scoreless first-half tie as Salisbury ran roughshod over Westminster after the intermission en route to a 4-0 road win. Uli Soto broke the ice five minutes into frame to start the scoring parade. He was followed by Ian Smith before Thomas Yegbor contributed a pair of goals to complete the outburst.
Assistant coach John O’Connor offered a description of the game conditions: “It was quite hot out, and then all of a sudden the sky just opened up, and the sun came scorching through."
“Westminster has a nice grass pitch,” head coach Ben Walsh noted, “but it was thick, and the ball light. While we maintained the majority of possession in the first half,” Walsh continued, “those conditions hampered our passing attack, and we continually turned the ball over in foolish ways. Westy had a few chances in the first ten minutes, but we eventually cleaned things up. A bit of frustration heading into the half, but we knew that if we calmed down a bit, moved off the ball, and made the simple pass instead of forcing that we were going to find success.”
And indeed they did. In a tactical switch, Walsh moved Yegbor into the midfield for second half and flipped Soto up top. In the 50th minute, the threesome of Yegbor, Ian Smith, and Soto combined on the break, and Soto beat his defender to slot the ball underneath the Martlet keeper, with Smith earning an assist. Five minutes later, the Westy keeper was caught off his line on a clearance, and Smith calmly chipped over him from 35 yards out for the 2-0 advantage.
In the 63rd minute, the Knights again moved upfield on the counter. This time, Smith played the ball out wide to a slashing Soto, who again beat his defender. This time, however, he gifted a goal to Yegbor off the back post. Yegbor scored the game’s final goal on a free kick, with an assist from Addi Teye-Botchway. Jonah Anderson earned the shutout in goal. Though minimally tested, Anderson displayed acumen in his distribution of the ball when he did handle it.
“Great work from some of the young guys in the final minutes of play,” Walsh enthused, “including the first game for newcomer Mateo Rufo.”
The Knights (3-7) will be back home Wednesday against Brunswick (4-4-1).