CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – On Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Edgemont, the John Jay boys soccer team executed a strong defensive press throughout and took just about every 50-50 opportunity in their 2020 opener, said Coach Chris Rietsch. The result was a 4-0 road victory.
The tone was set as the Wolves came out of the gate with a high level of energy. So, a step faster, John Jay was on the pounce and didn’t leave anyone out.
“Our counter attack utilized all our players, and our wingbacks were especially decisive and dangerous,” Rietsch said.
Six minutes in, the diligence came off the foot of Aiden Oates. Owen Walsh took the opposing goalkeeper’s punt, directed to Rumi Schemmerer, and Oates took it in from the left wing.
A lead in hand, the pressure didn’t relent, but the score stayed status quo for another 30 minutes.
“It was only a matter of time before we would capitalize on our opportunities,” Rietsch said.
Cole Fergusson would do the honors. Jason Rietsch threading the assist, Fergusson shook his defender at the soles of his footwork and scored a deep drive past the Edgemont goalie.
The second half followed the same script, while Rietsch made sure to give accolades to a defense that was anchored by Josue Giron and Ryan Byrne. They thwarted all advances, won the ball and found teammates in space to initiate a quick counter-attack, the coach said.
The lopsided score also provided the opportunity to get everyone in the game and Rietsch praised the reserve play that followed the same suit as the starters.
The boys were scheduled to take the field at home against Horace Greeley on Tuesday (Oct. 20) and at Byram Hills on Thursday (Oct. 22).