|Date:||October 25, 2017|
Taft Stops Knights’ Win-Streak
Salisbury brought a three-game win-streak into its square-off with Taft on Wednesday afternoon, but the visiting Rhinos had their say, winning 3-0. “We fought hard,” assessed Knights coach Ben Walsh later, “and arguably carried play for the first half of the first half, creating some dangerous chances that were either missed or staved aside by Taft's keeper. We kept them out of our net and caught them off-guard on the transition, moving the ball quickly through the midfield. We just didn’t finish.”
Taft made adjustments and capitalized at the 35-minute mark, scoring a goal after a mis-clearance. With two minutes left in the half, the Rhinos made it 2-0 on a broken play after an unfortunate non-call on an apparent handball.
With Salisbury pressing in the attacking end as the second half unfolded, Taft eventually took advantage of the depleted forces in the defending end to notch their third goal of the game. “We pushed in the second,” Walsh stated, “and had a few more chances. Thomas [Yegbor] created several dangerous chances up top, and Ian Smith started dangerous counters on the way, but the Taft keeper kept them in it.”
Walsh praised the efforts of his troops. “Villarreal, Rufo, and Soto combined effectively and defended well,” he reflected. “Our backline of Teye-Botchway, Bazarian, Narvaez, and McIntosh fought hard, and the three goals conceded don't reflect the work they put in today, especially in the second half with our numbers pressed up. [Starting goalie Jonah] Anderson was eventually replaced by Wes Cobb in the second but distributed well throughout his tenure in the net.”
Next up: FC Fusion, a club team from Toronto, will meet Salisbury (5-8) on Saturday at Berkshire School.