By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
Goals by Justyn Broderick (with 37 minutes, 52 seconds gone in the game) and Joe Guerra (at 66:33) and solid goal tending from Griffin Volta was all the Amity boys soccer team needed to blank arch-rival Cheshire 2-0 in a Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division match that was played Monday afternoon on the Rams’ home field. The victory ups the Spartans’ record to 5-1 (1-1 in Housy action). Cheshire’s record dips to 2-3-1, 1-1.
The winners’ first score was set up on a through pass from Jeremy Conn to Broderick.
According to Amity Coach Mike Marchitto, “Justyn got the ball, made a nice run, cut to his left, and scored.”
The Spartans’ second goal was also set up by Conn as he let fly a through ball that Guerra tracked down and quickly banged home.
“We won because we controlled the mid field and won most of the 50-50 balls,” Marchitto said. “It was a nice win. We played well as a team.”
The results of the Shelton match weren’t as positive. Marchitto conceded that his team played a “very nervous game”.
Forced to play without either of his varsity net minders, Marchitto had to call on junior varsity goalie Matt Whitehill to make his first varsity start. The Gaels scored their first goal in the first half and added three more goals ( two by Ryan Carew and Philip Ashcroft added a pair of assists) off Whitehill in the second half.
Marchitto added, “My guys knew we had a new goalie and he played a very nice game. They tried hard but were very tight and nervous throughout the game. After Shelton got its first goal, we were kind of scared that we’d let another goal go in. It was a down game for us. I made some line-up changes in the second half. I wanted to strengthen our offense but in order to do so, I had to weaken the defense. We went on the attack better after I made those changes, but they counter-attacked and we didn’t have the numbers to stop them. Things just didn’t go our way that day,”
He went on to note that the 4-2-1 Gaels outshot his boys 13-10 and were a good team.
After playing five of their first six games on the road, the Spartans finally return home on Wednesday to host Housy rival, Sheehan at 3:45 p.m.