BROCKWAY — The Brockway boys soccer team ran its record to 3-0 in the early season with a 4-0 victory over rival DuBois Central Catholic Monday afternoon at Frank Varischetti Field.
Brockway scored two goals in each half, as the Rovers once again racked up a high shot total but struggled to capitalize on all those opportunities.
The Rovers outshot the Cardinals, 34-8, on the day, but DCC keeper Tyler McIntosh did his part to keep his team in the game despite being peppered with shots all game long. McIntosh made 10 saves alone in the second half — several of which were above average stops.
But, Brockway managed to get a couple shots past McIntosh to come away wih the victory. Four different Rovers — Carter Adams, Linkin Nichols, Tino Inzana and Zane Puhla found the back of the net.
Hunter Allenbaugh engineered the Rover offense on the day, as he assisted on three of those four goals. Goalkeeper Austin Moore needed to make just a handful of saves to add to his impressive list of career shutouts.
“We scored early and then we kind of were just going through the motions,” said Brockway coach Rich Espsoito. “Then we started to move the ball real well in the second half and got lots of shots.
“I think we had 30-plus shots and put a lot of them on goal. But, their goalie made a lot of saves and kept the game close for them. We created a lot of opportunities, and that’s the plus of it. Sooner or later they have to start going in for us.
“It wasn’t our best win, but we’ll take it and hopefully grow from it and learn from it.”
Brockway book-ended the first half with goals. dams scored in the opening minutes, while Nichols powered a shot past McIntosh with 2:18 left in the half. Allenbaugh set up both first-half scores that sent the Rovers into the break with a 2-0 lead.
The Rovers came out of the lockerroom strong and kept the pressure on McIntosh to start the second half, and the Cardinal keeper was up the challenge.
Brockway’s Devin Velez had a shot go high 1:40 into the half, while McIntosh proceeded to make a half dozen saves over the next 13 minutes. McIntosh denied two shots each by Angelo Inzana and Zane Puhala, while also stopping attempts by Anthony Esposito and Allenbaugh.
The Cardinal keeper capped that stretch with a diving save at the right post on a nice direct kick taken by Puhala with just over 25 minutes left in the game.
Brockway finally cracked McIntosh in the second half just over a minute later during a flurry in the middle of the box. Puhala had an initial shot blocked by a DCC player, but it bounced to Inzana, who put a shot over top McIntosh in the top, right corner to make it a 3-0 game with 23:37 to play.
Central Catholic made a quick rush up the field, but Moore stopped a long shot to keep it a 3-0 game.
Brockway promptly flipped the field and put the pressure back on McIntosh, who stopped shots by Esposito and Adams before Angelo Inzana hit the post.
Puhala finished off the scoring when he took a pass from Allenabugh and blasted a shot that appeared to glance off a DCC defender on its way to finding the back of the net with 10:35 to play.
Both teams had prime scoring chances in the final 10 minutes.
Allenbaugh hit the crossbar with 8:39 to play, while Cardinal Egan Peck had a pair of scoring chances in the final seven minutes. Peck’s first shot went high, while Moore stopped the second to preserve his shutout after Peck ran on to a long pass behind the Rover defense.
“We’re still a young team and have freshmen and sophomores on the field,” said DCC coach Frank Szczerba. “We’re switching positions rapidly and still trying to figure out a good, solid starting lineup.
“Tyler played very well today, and if we can work out our offense woes, T-Mac will keep us in games. It’s just a part of the learning process, but it’s still early in the season and we’re not panicking yet.”
Brockway is back in action Wednesday at Redbank Valley, while DCC (2-2) is off until next Monday when it hosts Punxsutawney.