BROCKWAY — The Brockway boys soccer team was known for starting slow but finishing strong in a lot of its games last season, and that trend continued Tuesday as the Rovers scored a lopsided, season-opening 7-0 win over St. Marys at Frank Varischetti Field.

Brockway dominated the game from start to finish and never found itself in danger in the contest depsite putting the ball on the net in the opening 40 minutes.

Rover junior Zane Puhala scored just 4:56 into the game, but the score remained 1-0 for most of the first half as Brockway scored just once more on 10 shot.

However, the veteran Rovers didn’t panic — and just like they did most of last season — came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. Brockway scored five times on 20 shots over the final 20 minutes to win going away against the Flying Dutchmen, who are 1-1 on the young season.

Brockway outshot the Dutch 35-6 in the victory.

Puhala led the Rover attack with a hat-trick while setting up a fourth goal. Carter Adams, Hunter Allenbaugh, Anthony Esposito and Tino Inzana each netted second-half goals, with Esposito adding two assists and Adams one.

Inzana’s goal was the first of his career and came on a nice diving header in the box with 1:41 left to play.

“I was hoping we’d get over that (slow starts),” said Brockway coach Rich Esposito. “We came out and scored early, and I thought maybe we broke that trend. We had some good ball movement, which I was happy with, but it was the shots — they just weren’t on net.

“If you’re going to get that many opportunities, you have to put them on the frame. That’s what we told them at halftime, you have to clean up the defense a little bit and put your shots on frame. And, in the second half, Carter (Adams) alone had four shots on goal in five minutes.

“You just don’t want them to get frustrated because they were playing good and moving the ball well. In the second half, they just played really well and we had five different kids score goals. That’s nice to see, because we knew we had a good offense, and that anyone can put the ball into the net.”

The Rovers wasted little time pressuring St. Marys goalkeeper Caleb Barackman as Allenbaugh put a header off the crossbar 1:20 into the game. Brockway quickly regained possession and continued to pepper Barackman with shots.{/span}

Brockway had a shot go high around the 2-minutue mark, while Allenbaugh hit the right post 38 seconds later. Moments later Angelo Inzana made a perfect cross into the box to Puhala, who found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

But, the Rovers found themselves stuck with that 1-0 lead for most of the half, as they had a host of shots go just high or wide while. Barackman also made a trio of saves in the first half and finished with 11 overall.

The constant pressure finally paid off for Brockway when Puhala took a pass from Devin Velez and fired a shot past Barackman to make it 2-0 with 11:47 to go in the half.

Both teams had prime scoring chances in the final minute.

Allenbaugh hit the woodwork for a third time in the half with 53 seconds left, while Rover keep Austin Moore was forced to make a sliding save on a shot off the foot of Dutchman Jake Meeker with 32 ticks remaining. Moore made five saves while adding another shutout to his career resume.

“The defense played better in the second half and started the year with a shutout, which is nice,” said Esposito. “Austin didn’t have to do a lot, but he always seems to comes through when we need it.”

Halftime did little to slow down the Brockway attack. if anything, the Rovers came out looking sharper.

Adams found himself open twice in the first three minutes of the second half, but Barackman made saves on both hard shots. Puhala fired a direct kick over top the night in the fourth minute, while Barackman stopped a shot by Angelo Inzana just under five minutes in.

Angelo Inzana nearly made it 3-0 on a header around the 9:00 mark, but his shot bounced off the crossbar. Barackman followed with saves on shits by Adams and Esposito before the Rovers cracked the Dutch keeper with two goals in less than a minute.

Esposito set up the first of those goals when he slipped a pass down the middle past a pair Dutch defenders. Adams ran onto the pass and fired a shot past Barackman with 27:35 left in the game. Allenbaugh finally got on the scoresheet 50 seconds later when he blasted home a shot from the left wing to make it 4-0.

Puhala completed his hat-trick when he scored off a pass from Esposito with 11:08 left. Esposito found the back of the net just 39 seconds later to put the Rovers up 6-0.

Tino Inzana then finished off the scoring late on the game when he headed home a cross by Jake Anderson to set the final at 7-0.

Brockway (1-0) travels to Brookville on Thursday.

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