By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
Joe Guerra scored twice and teammate Jon Sutton added a pair of assists as the Amity boys soccer team defeated East Haven 6-2 Friday afternoon in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest at the Yellow Jackets’ Crisafi Field. With this win and Monday’s 2-1 success over West Haven, the undefeated Spartans now sport a 4-0 record.
The Easties opened the scoring by inadvertently knocking a corner kick into its own goal with three minutes gone in the match. Following that own goal, the score remained 1-0 until East Haven tied the game on a goal by Ronnie Quezada at the 25 minute mark.
The deadlock lasted 9 minutes when Guerra (with help from Sutton) found the Jackets’ net. Trailing 2-1, East Haven answered back once again. With two minutes left in the first half, Brian Lucarno scored to knot the tally at 2-2.
“Our play was very slow and lethargic during the first half. We took East Haven too lightly and our play got worse as the half went on,” Coach Mike Marchitto said. “I challenged my guys and pushed them hard during the halftime break.
Fortunately, they stood up to my challenge. We woke up and played much better in the second half.”
With the score tied 2-2 at the outset of the second half, Amity totally dominated play during the final 40 minutes of action. Ian O’Brien-Cannon (set up on a feed from Sutton) snapped the deadlock with his goal at 46 minutes. Goals from Dean Schwartz (unassisted at 48 minutes), Sean Bealieu (assisted by Austin Duffy at 70 minutes), and Guerra (from Schwartz at 78 minutes) closed out the scoring.
According to Marchitto, “My guys were so angry at themselves for playing so poorly during the first half, they really turned it on and really played well in the second half.”
Amity outshot the Yellow Jackets 13-6. Goalie Jeff Curtain made 2 saves and Griffin Volta added a first half stop.
On Monday, things started off against West Haven just as slow and easy as they had against the Easties. Guerra finally broke the lethargic, scoreless tie when he scored (on a feed from Justyn Broderick) at 24:15. West Haven answered with a 12 yard penalty kick at 38 minutes to tie the game at 1:1.
Rich Mayer (from Broderick) booted home the game winner at 58:56.
Marchitto added, “at times we played just o.k. and at other times our play was spectacular. I can’t find the reason we can’t stay focused for the full 80 minutes, but we do need to find a way to play with more consistency and work with 100% effort for the entire match.”
The Spartans visit Shelton Monday for a 7 PM match at Finn Stadium.