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ESM boys soccer blanks CBA

Under .500 within the OSHL Freedom division, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team picked up, arguably, its best win of the season last Tuesday night by shutting out Christian Brothers Academy 2-0 at Spartan Stadium.

All game long, the Spartans' defense impressed as it closed down CBA's quick and opportunistic attack. And even when shots did find goalie Casey Sullivan, he ably picked them up, earning nine saves overall.

Given this, ESM did not need much on the offensive side. But it scored once in each half, Jeff Koch and Senid Hakic earning the goals as Jarrett Temple and Josh Stuper both got credit for assists. CBA goalie David Anderson made 11 saves.

CBA kept up the momentum from the J-D win by going home to Alibrandi Stadium Tuesday night and beating East Syracuse-Minoa 3-0.

Though it only led 1-0 at the break, the Brothers never lost control, and again Alexis Koval stood out. All Koval did was score twice, both times on passes from Caitlin McConnell, and assisted on Eva Gordon's tally. In defeat, Spartans goalie Casie Auricchio had nine saves.

Moving on, the ESM boys team beat Fowler 1-0 on Thurdsay afternoon, avenging a Sept. 9 defeat to the Falcons by that exact same score.

Despite playing defense most of the time, the Spartans kept Fowler off the board, Joe Greco turning away all 17 shots he faced. Thus, the first-half goal by Irhan Tihic held up as the Spartans improved its mark to 9-5.

The girls Spartans also won on Thursday, topping Solvay 2-1 in a game where all the goals came in the second half. Amanda Wall and Alex McEachron both scored to counter the Bearcats' Rachel Peterson finding the net, and Auricchio stopped 13 of the 14 shots she faced.

CBA's boys team went back home and rallied past Fulton 5-3. The Brothers trailed, 2-1, at halftime, but used an all-out attack in the late going to pull out in front.

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