WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange varsity boys soccer team defeated West Essex, 1-0, on Wednesday at Lincoln Field, winning its third game of the season to improve their record to 3-3-2.
Senior defenseman Ian Faloye of the Mountaineers scored the game-winning goal early in the fourth minute of the first half off a header that came from a serve by senior Tyler Fort-Foskey.
"It was a nice serve from Tyler, and I knew the goalie would be frozen; so I attacked the ball and flicked it past him," Faloye said.
The heat had a big factor in the matchup, as players on both sides became fatigued as the game continued on.
"We had a very hard game in Montclair (Monday), so the kids were physically exhausted and I think you could tell there were mentally tired also," coach Doug Nevins said of the Mountaineers, "When you are mentally tired and physically tired it makes it very hard to play, their (West Essex) team worked hard to make it even and both teams had chances in both directions."
After the first goal, the two teams settled down and played hard defensively throughout the first half which kept the score at 1-0.
During halftime, both coaches pressed the message to their players to play hard for the rest of the game and to not let up as they both knew the heat was taking a huge toll.
The second half consisted of opportunities coming from both ends, and West Essex saw great chances within the last five minutes of the game to find the equalizing goal.
Junior goalie Joshua Feinblatt of the Mountaineers stopped West Essex with five saves. The Mountaineers had the majority of the shots at the end with their 15 shots to West Essex's five. West Orange was only able to convert once from the majority of their chances, but pulled on to defeat West Essex.
"The let-down performance of (this) game was understandable with playing the No. 9 team in the state, Montclair, a couple nights ago," Nevins said.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play home at 5 p.m. against Memorial on Oct. 5.
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