BROCKWAY — It had been five days since the Brockway boys soccer team’s last game before Tuesday, but the Rovers certainly didn’t show any signs of rust.
Brockway put together a couple early goals and didn’t look back from there as it blasted Brookville for a 9-0 shutout win on Tuesday at Frank Varischetti Field.
“I thought we played well tonight,” said Brockway coach Rich Esposito. “They moved the ball nice. You have to look down the road a little bit and make sure the first team kids stay sharp, and we got a lot of kids off the bench to get quality minutes with the starters, which helps out to see where we might need somebody down the road.”
One of the places where Esposito was forced to play a younger player was at goalkeeper. Regular starter Austin Moore was sidelined last week with a head injury during the Elk County Catholic game. Freshman Lewis Painter was called on for duty on Tuesday.
“We lost Austin last week, and Lewis came in and got a start,” said Esposito. “That’s his first start and he got a shutout. The guys in front of him helped him. I said, ‘It’s his first start. He’s going to be nervous. Make his job easy tonight,’ and they did.”
Zane Puhala got the Rovers on the board with a goal just 1:32 into the game on an assist from Angelo Inzana.
Just moments later, Anthony Esposito received the ball downfield and got a shot off and hit a groundball that hit off the post.
But it didn’t take long for Esposito to put a goal in as he got a cross pass from near the sideline from Santino Inzana, and Esposito buried it home to get Brockway a 2-0 lead at the 7:50 mark.
The next two goals came on penalty kicks from Puhala and Hunter Allenbaugh. Puhala’s came as he was held by a defenseman, while Allenbaugh’s came on a trip in the box.
Dominic Inzana gave the Rovers a 5-0 lead on a goal of his own at the 25:12 mark.
Linkin Nichols earned the last goal for the Rovers just under two minutes later, giving the Rovers a 6-0 lead.
Nathan Long also nearly recorded a goal as he slammed the ball off the crossbar near the end of the first half.
Brookville registered just two shots on goal in the first half with Painter saving both of them.
The Rovers picked up from where they left off in the second half as Carter Adams put in the first goal four minutes into the half.
Esposito scored his second goal next on an assist from Nathan Long at 53:54, while Nichols ended the scoring with a goal at 59:10 to set the final.
Painter had to make a catch save late in the game to secure the shutout for Brockway, while the Raiders’ Kyle Gotwald also nearly put one in in the last minute as he smashed the ball off the crossbar.
Brockway led the shot count, 29-4.
“Brookville is young, but they’ve got good numbers,” said Esposito. “Their coach is doing a good job with those kids. They’ll come around. We’ve all been there. They don’t quit, and they’ll be better for it down the road.”
Esposito and Adams led the Rovers with five shots each, while Puhala and Nichols each had four.
Brookville’s Darius Sorbin made 17 saves in goal.
Brockway is back in action on Thursday evening as they host Kane, while the Raiders are off until next Thursday as they host Punxsutawney.