BROCKWAY — The Brockway boys soccer team finished off a grueling, but successful week with a 6-0 shutout over Port Allegany on Thursday evening at Frank Varischetti Field.
The Rovers started off the week on Monday with a 9-1 win over Kane before beating Punxsutawney, 4-1, on Wednesday night and then having a quick turnaround for a 5 p.m. game Thursday.
Although it took them nearly the first half to find the back of the net, the Rovers still squeezed in two goals in the first half before exploding for four more in the second half.
“We just came off a real physical, fast-paced game last night and we only played 13 kids last night, and these guys ran a lot up and down against Punxsy,” said Brockway coach Rich Esposito. “I was just wondering how they were going to come out tonight. The first half, we had a lot of possession, a lot of control. Shots didn’t go in, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. I was real proud of the kids for coming back the way they did tonight.
“The second half, I think we just kept it going and they finally started finding the back of the net, which was nice.”
Brockway only managed to get three shots on goal in the first 15 minutes of the game, but there also wasn’t much threat of a goal from the Gators either. Port Allegany only earned one shot in the first half, which came 25 minutes into the game.
Finally after getting a few more shots peppered toward the goal, the Rovers’ Angelo Inzana got his team on the board at the 29:34 mark. Inzana sprinted after the ball as it looked like it could go out of bounds behind the goal, but the senior still somehow got a tough shot off at the goal, and watched it trickle over the goal line just missing the post for the first goal of the game.
Carter Adams also nearly earned a goal in the first half as he slammed the ball off a post in the 33rd minute, but the Rovers did end up getting the goal just a few moments later.
Zane Puhala took advantage of a bouncing ball that a Port Allegany defensive player made a mistake on. Puhala got the ball and got an easy shot off to the left side of the goal for another score at 32:42, giving Brockway a 2-0 lead, which stuck at halftime.
Brockway led the shot count, 16-1, at halftime.
Port Allegany missed an opportunity to cut the deficit in half as Brockway was called for a trip in the second minute of the second half, giving the Gators a penalty kick. The Gators’ Josh Mealy took the PK, but the shot was wide right.
The Rovers continued what they started towards the end of the first half in the second half as Nathan Long joined the scoriing party. Long blasted a shot from the right side near the 30, beating the Gator keeper on the top left part of the goal to give Brockway a 3-0 lead at 54:15.
Inzana and Puhala then scored a goal each less than two minutes apart of each other for their second goals of the day. Inzana’s came at 63:26, while Puhala’s found the net at 64:57.
Puhala just missed a hat trick as he hit the crossbar with a couple minutes left in the game, but Hunter Allenbaugh still picked up a goal in the last minute of the game at 79:03 to set the final.
Brockway took the shot count, 28-3, for the game. Allenbaugh led the way with six shots.
“I think a couple of days off are going to be nice for us,” said Esposito. “That was a long week. We’ll be ready to go to finish up the season next week and get ready for playoffs.”
The Rovers, which improved to 14-0, host Ridgway for Senior Night on Tuesday for a boys-girls doubleheader. The boys will start at 5 p.m., while the Lady Rovers’ game is set for 7 p.m.