By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
Ian O’Brien-Cannon’s header into the net off Jeremy Conn’s corner kick with 8 minutes, 42 seconds gone in the match was the first, last, and only goal of the game last Wednesday as the Amity boys’ soccer team blanked Sheehan 1-0. The Southern Connecticut Conference – Housatonic Division contest was played in Woodbridge. The Spartans outshot Sheehan 16-11 and goalie Griffin Volta recorded nine saves.
“I thought we played really well,” Coach Mike Marchitto said. “This was one of the better games we have played this season. We came out strong and gave a good effort. I would have liked to see us score a couple more goals, but I’ll take the good effort and the win.”
The loss dropped the Titans’ record to 4-2-1 (1-1-2 against Housy opponents).
Joe Guerra had a career game on Friday as he blasted home 5 goals and added a pair of assists in the Spartans 7-2 romp past Jonathan Law (which is coached by ex-Amity mentor Italo Mongillo). Guerra opened up his assault ion the Golden Eagles net with an unassisted left-footed boot with only 2:05 gone in the match. Law briefly tied the match at 1-1 when Ryan Dennis beat Volta at 23:57. That deadlock was short-lived as Guerra set up Ricky Mayer’s score at 24:58 and then added another unassisted goal at 27:27 to make it 3-1. Jeremy Conn found the net (with help from Guerra) at 31:23 and Guerra added yet another unassisted score at 39:34. With his three goals in the first half, Guerra earned a natural hat trick. Leading 5-1 at the break, Guerra added two more scores at 42:15 and 71:50. Lawman Craig Calderone recorded Law’s other goal at 75:00.
According to Marchitto, “We really played well in the Law game, but we do need to be more focused mentally. Giving up two goals is unacceptable.”
He added, “Joey is a talented player who has all the tools. At times, he’s able to put it all together but at other times, for some reason, he just shuts off. My job as the coach, is to make sure he is always turned on. He strikes the ball nicely and knows how to put it into the net. We’ve been working with him to use his left foot more and make himself a more complete player.”
Amity outshot the Eagles 26-9 and improved its record to 7-1.
The Black and Gold return to action on Tuesday to host East Haven at 3:45 p,m.