If there was any question about the boys soccer team to beat in the Tri-Valley League this season, Cherry Valley-Springfield might have answered it emphatically Wednesday.
The Patriots received goals from four players and held a 19-2 advantage in shots during a 4-1 victory at Morris in a rematch of last year’s crossover final that the Mustangs won, 1-0.
“We’re just young,” Morris coach Dave Sander said of his 3-1 squad. “We’re not ready for that. We played OK. Three of their goals just came on stuff in the box that we couldn’t clear. We just got really flat in the back.
“They have great spacing,” he continued. “They’re where they’re supposed to be on the field. They have guys like Wyatt (Crowley), Ben Drugatz and Jake Spencer. When those three guys, who are very good soccer players, are left unmarked they’re going to hurt you.”
Noah Russo opened the scoring for the 5-0 Patriots. He scored from close range seven minutes into play after controlling a ball that deflected around in the box.
Five minutes later, Crowley set up Spencer’s goal to make it 2-0.
Crowley then scored 5:50 before halftime off an assist from Jake Fassett.
Mike Murphy narrowed Morris’ deficit to 3-1 3 ½ minutes into the second half off an assist from Ryan Morlock.
It stayed that way until Kurt Pressly scored for the Patriots with six minutes left.
“They played possession soccer,” Sander said of CV-S. “If the ball got cleared their sweeper, Nick Mills, did a fantastic job. He was great on the ball. He was calm on the ball and played it nicely.”
The Mustangs (3-1, 3-1) will travel to Milford on Friday.
Milford 2, Edmeston 0
Michael Strenck scored goals four minutes apart in the first half as visiting Milford won in the Tri-Valley League.