FONDA – After starting the season with six straight losses, the Northville boys soccer team has turned things around as of late.
The Falcons picked up their third win in their last four games Monday, posting a 1-0 victory at Fonda-Fultonville in a Western Athletic Conference contest.
“We’ve kind of found our groove a little bit over the last few games,” Northville coach Steve Clapper said.
The lone loss in the last four games for the Falcons was a 4-3 loss at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons on Friday.
The one-goal margin is something Fonda-Fultonville is familiar with, having dropped a 1-0 decision to Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at home on Saturday.
Northville and FFCS played to a scoreless draw in the first half of Monday’s contest.
“We made some adjustments at the half and they worked out for us,” Clapper said. “This is a beautiful surface, but it’s much quicker than what we’re used to. Once we got used to it, we held our own after [Fonda-Fultonville] got off to a good start. In the second half, we got over the hump and got the feel of playing on the turf.”
The Falcons generated several chances in the second half, with Lucas Jetty and Danny Reidell, getting their shot stopped by Fonda-Fultonville keeper Mitch Araya.
Dan Ryan scored the game’s only goal with 17:49 remaining. Ryan pounced on a clearance attempt by Araya, who attempted to punch away a corner kick by Skyler Edwards. Ryan tucked the loose ball inside the right post to make it 1-0.
“I thought we played a solid game throughout,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Matt Bloom said. “Both teams had their opportunities. They happened to finish one off and we didn’t.”
From there, the Northville defense kept the FFCS offense in check, with defenders Reidell, Edwards, Cameron Warner and Jordan Wadsworth shutting down the Braves’ efforts to push forward.
“We have good leadership in the back and it has helped solidify things,” Clapper said.
Andrew Klingbeil made seven saves to post the shutout win in goal for Northville.
Araya finished with nine saves for FFCS, which is 0-5-1 in its last six games since posting a 2-0 win over Middleburgh in its season opener.
“We’ve got to stay positive and focused,” Bloom said. “It’s frustrating becuse they last a couple of games. We’ve been doing everything right tactically, but we’ve been unlucky when it comes to finishing. We’re going to keep working and we’re going to get there.”
Fonda-Fultonville (1-5-1 overall, 1-5-1 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Mekeel Christian Academy on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
“It’s been tough for us. We’ve faced a lot of injuries and struggles. It takes a lot of character to keep pushing forward,” Clapper said. “Our guys are really digging down deep. We’re taking little steps forward every day.”
Northville (3-7 overall, 3-5 WAC) is set to host Doane Stuart in a non-league contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 2, Canajoharie 1
CANAJOHARIE – Nick Grant scored the game-winning goal for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville in a WAC victory over Canajoharie.
Grant scored on a rebound after Jack Brundage hit the crossbar at the 26-minute mark of the first half.
Braden Cross also scored for OESJ on an assist from Mason Snell.
Nick Shariff scored the lone goal for Canajoharie.
A.J. Hayes made six saves for OESJ, while Mack Frank made eight stops for Canajoharie.
Mayfield 5, Duanesburg 0
DUANESBURG – Brendan Gifford finished with three goals and an assist to lead Mayfield to a WAC win over Duanesburg.
Carter Ivancic had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, while Taylor Madeiros also scored.
Jared Albertin added two assists for Mayfield, which outshot Duanesburg 21-3.
Anthony Brandow made three saves to post the shutout win in goal for the Panthers.
Alexander Lawrence made 16 stops for Duanesburg.
Bishop Gibbons 9,
SCHOHARIE – Wil Lawson scored six goals to power Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a WAC victory over Schoharie.
Gregorio Vichi had two goals and five assists for Bishop Gibbons, while James Kim also scored. Joey Matala and Connor Barber each had an assist for the Golden Knights.
Gregory Medak, Matthew Loubier and Skyler Jankowski scored for Schoharie.
Manny Santiago made 12 saves for Bishop Gibbons.