By Jay Young
The unbeaten Southwestern Trojans (12-0) (13-0-2) posted a (9-1-1) (10-2-1) a decisive 7-0 victory over Frewsburg in a non-league soccer game under the lights at Charles A. Lawson Field on Saturday night.
Southwestern’s Andy Bell takes a shot during Saturday night’s non-league soccer game against Frewsburg. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
Senior Tristan Desnerck continued his impressive season, recording one goal and two assists in the win, while Arturo Vargas and Tanner Hoose were also dominant on offense.
"We knew they had good speed coming into the game," said Coach Mark Sleggs of the matchup, "and they had a good record also."
It was clear, however, that Sleggs knew how to handle the talented Frewsburg squad after watching his defense's performance. Senior Tyler Bell led the defensive diamond of the Trojans, snuffing out the majority of chances for the Bears.
In just the second minute of the game, Desnerck tossed a booming throw-in to Tanner Hoose, who was able to post the first goal for Southwestern (13-0-2, 12-0). Just four minutes later, Andy Bell added another goal on a scramble in front of the Frewsburg net.
Shortly after taking the early lead, Desnerck nearly put the Trojans up by three on a ball that was fired into the crossbar from 20 feet. Another good offensive chance came moments later when Vargas fed Tanner Hoose with a through ball that was put just over the net.
Southwestern went up 3-0 in the 16th minute of the first half on a well-placed corner taken by Desnerck that found Andy Bell's head.
After 10 more minutes, Frewsburg keeper Justin Randall was forced to make two saves on outside shots from the Trojans. In the 32nd minute Nick Cooper buried a loose ball on the assist from Tanner Hoose, stretching the lead to five. Shortly after, Vargas blasted a shot off the post on a good feed, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Vargas capitalized on his next opportunity, however, when he dribbled through three Frewsburg players and hit a low ball past Randall with one minute to play in the half.
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In addition to his stout defensive play, Tyler Bell also produced some offense for Southwestern, beginning with a deep shot in the early seconds of the final period that was handled by Randall. Ten minutes later, Desnerck found the back of the net on a cross from Sebastian Diaz.
After going down by six, the Bears had their first good scoring opportunity of the night on a corner from Jacob Annis that was handled by goaltender Eric Priester. In the following minutes, Frewsburg got another chance on a ball that was mishandled by Priester but the Bears were unable to convert.
"We treated it like a scrimmage," said Frewsburg coach Mark Jackson. "Our guys are focused on the upcoming league game."
The final goal for the Trojans was scored on another corner that was taken by Jackson Rybicki and put away by midfielder Mason Hoose.
After the game Sleggs noted, "We got great minutes from all our kids today, and that was really important."
Randall recorded nine saves in net for the Bears, while Priester had an easy night with four. The Trojans will next face divisional opponent Chautauqua Lake while Frewsburg travels to take on North Collins.