DuBOIS — The Brockway boys soccer team put in three goals within a span of just over a minute in the first half on Monday to beat DuBois Central Catholic, 5-1, at DCC High School.
“That was big,” said Rover coach Rich Esposito of the three first half goals. “With the type of defense that they play, just be patient, but you can’t hang on to the ball that long. And that worked. They started passing the ball, and they got three goals real quick.
“I think we worked both wings great tonight. I think Angelo (Inzana) had some great touches on the ball. We moved Zane (Puhala) outside tonight. With a bigger field here, we figured we’d give Zane a little more space to work. I thought that worked well. We moved some guys around to try some things. They did good.”
The Rovers outshot the Cardinals, 31-2, on the night, peppering DCC keeper Tyler McIntosh the whole night.
The Cardinals started the game with just 11 players available and ended the game with the Rovers holding a man advantage for the last 20 minutes.
“We didn’t do bad except for a three-minute meltdown,” said DCC coach Frank Szczerba. “I’m not too disappointed. It’s hard to play with 11 guys, and then the last 20 minutes with 10. It makes things difficult, and we’re just hanging on until we get some of the guys back with injuries. We had one player today leave because he was sick, and you can’t do anything about that.
“We’re happy with what the guys are doing. Right now, we’re missing three primary players. Not much you can do. We’re proud of the way the guys hustle, the way they work. But even though they’re only 16 or 17 years old, there’s a limit.”
McIntosh was one of the bright spots for the Cardinals, stopping 25 Brockway shots on the night.
“Their goalie played great tonight,” said Esposito. “I thought he made some really above-average saves tonight and kept it close for a while.”
McIntosh provided the first big highlight of the game with a sliding save in the 10th minute.
But the avalanche soon came as Anthony Esposito, Hunter Allenbaugh and Carter Adams scored three goals within 1:02 to quickly put the game out of reach. Esposito’s goal came at the 23:11 mark, while Allenbaugh scored on a breakaway only 16 seconds later. Adams’ score came at 24:13.
Santino Inzana almost put in another goal in the 38th minute, but McIntosh came up with a diving save to keep the score at 3-0.
The Cardinals’ Egan Peck put in his team’s lone score of the game just under three minutes into the second half. The goal turned out to be DCC’s only shot of the half and their second of the game. Peck also had the only shot in the first half, as well, for DCC.
With his team facing only a two-goal advantage, Puhala hit the crossbar in the 55th minute, but that led to bigger and better things as Santino Inzana put a goal in the next minute to give Brockway a 4-1 lead at 55:28.
Esposito put in the final goal of the game at 70:10, blasting the ball into the goal from the middle of the field, only a couple yards away from McIntosh to set the final at 5-1.
Allenbaugh and Esposito each recorded six saves to lead Brockway on the day.
Brockway goalkeeper Austin Moore, who was making his first start in a little more than a week due to injury, did not register any saves.
The Rovers are back in action this evening at home against Punxsutawney. DuBois Central Catholic hosts Clarion-Limestone on Wednesday at 4 p.m.