Marcellus Nate Waite entered Thursday’s night’s match against Cazenovia with a team-high nine goals — six more than any other player on the Marcellus boys soccer roster.
But a stalwart Lakers back line held him in check under the lights at Marcellus High School. Waite failed to find the back of the net—once hitting the post—as Cazenovia edged the Mustangs 1-0 in overtime on Tyler Modzeleski's goal.
“We were out of sync today for some reason,” Marcellus head coach Mark Sunheimer said. “We couldn’t find a way through and they just collapsed on him every time we pushed the ball. He got a little jittery, bad passes, things that were uncharacteristic for him.”
The tired and depleted Mustangs dropped a heartbreaker Thursday night, just 24 hours after shutting out Chittenango 2-0 and in the wake of another overtime game the previous Saturday, a 1-1 draw with Skaneateles where Waite scored late in regulation to equalize it.
Marcellus, who fell to 4-2-1 on the season, put forth a strong defensive effort, especially considering that right back Dan Brown was forced into the net.
With starting goalkeeper Eric Daggett sidelined with a broken leg and backup Ian LeFever out after taking a knee to the jaw against Chittenango, the defender Brown stepped up to fill the void between the posts.
“He played a little bit last year, but he’s definitely not a keeper,” Sunheimer said. ”But he played great tonight. He had seven saves, including a huge save in the beginning of overtime.”
Brown and the Mustangs defense kept their team in the game. The back four continued to find success this year, having already shut out Chittenango and Phoenix, and holding Skaneateles and Solvay to one goal apiece.
But Waite and his teammates couldn’t break through. Marcellus’ best chance came midway through the second half, when the striker aimed a shot toward the far post. Just inches away, it rang off the iron.