OLEAN, NY – The Olean Huskies Boys Varsity soccer team dominated from start to finish on Thursday as they defeated the Fredonia Hillbillies 3-0 to improve their winning streak to 10.
The Huskies controlled the flow of the game, possessing the ball and winning it back quickly. In the first 15 minutes of play, the Huskies were relentless in attack. They were first to everything and were constantly crossing balls into the box, but nobody was there to finish.
Huskies coach Jim Charles said he was pleased with the way his team started the game.
“We had to get on them early, put a lot of pressure on them, and I felt that’s what we did,” Charles said.
Finally, 20 minutes in, all of the opportunities they were creating paid off. Junior Zack Linderman found Elijah Hendrix on the top of the box who hit the ball first time into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The second goal came 15 minutes into the second half. This time it was Hendrix who provided the assist when he drove a long ball over the top of the Hillbillies’ backline right onto the foot of Linderman, who beautifully slotted it with his left foot into the bottom right.
Senior TJ Magro scored a third for the Huskies just minutes later with a wonderful right-footed volley into the left side of the goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Dwaileebe had little to do in net, recording his seventh shutout of the season.
It was a team performance from start to finish, and Charles took note of that.
“We’ve got some players who’ve been playing on this team for a long time,” Charles said. “They know our expectations, and they relay those expectations to our other guys.”
Fredonia never seemed to get things going. Their best chance fell just minutes before the Huskies opened the scoring when a scramble in the box saw a slow, rolling ball almost creep in before a Huskies defender managed to clear it.
With this victory the Huskies improve to 11-3 overall and 8-0 in CCAA West Division play, remaining atop the division.
With two games remaining until the playoffs, the Huskies travel to Falconer/Cassadaga Valley on Tuesday, and Charles doesn’t expect this one to be a walk in the park.
“Falconer/Cassadaga Valley has been that one team that always seems to give us a hassle no matter what their record or our record is,” said Charles. “We have to get it going.”