YORK TWP. — For 70 minutes Tuesday night, the Buckeye boys soccer team put on a defensive show.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, 10 minutes were decisive as they fell 2-0 to Archbishop Hoban in a non-league match at the Thiele-Pierce Track and Soccer Complex.
On the Knights’ first shot attempt, Duncan Ulman took a through-ball from Nathan Nagucki that deflected off a defender and fired it in from point-blank range.
A score from Mikey Burrington followed with 17:06 to go in the first half thanks to a flick from Parker Fisher on the end line.
“You get a guy who is running really well without the ball and it’s always the guy that doesn’t have the ball that’s most deadly,” Bucks coach Joe Serio said. “They found that guy a couple of times and they got us.”
Buckeye (1-2-1) was unable to muster any substantial counterattack and mustered just one shot on goal to the Knights’ eight. The Bucks, however, kept the game close behind goalkeeper Zachary Ridler, who got some help from his back line to keep Hoban (5-0-1) in check for the last 57 minutes.
Defenders Carter Hudak and Adam Matras, among others, knocked away potentially dangerous balls when they could, but Ridler drew most of the attention. The junior didn’t seemed fazed, making diving stops and finger-tip saves en route to turning away six shots.
Two saves came in the trying middle portion of the first half, as Ridler used just a pair of fingers on an 18-yard strike from Burrington and the other was a simple stop of a Jack Samuelson attempt.
“They definitely took their shots at Zach, and he does what he always does for us,” Serio said. “It would’ve been nice if we would’ve been able to test their keeper a little bit more, but Zach was tested and he had a great game for us. We’re grateful that he did because it could’ve been a lot worse.
“I would like the defense to complement the guys on the offense. We’re going to work those bugs out.”
The lone Buckeye shot came in the first half when Hoban goalie John Lauterjung came off his line to clear away a potential dangerous ball. The Bucks’ Tyler Miranda got a good look before seeing his attempt knocked away by defender Matthew Flume.
“We started to find our assignments a little better and our keeper, who had a great game, got a little bit more vocal and that made a difference for us to lock some things down in the back,” Serio said. “It would’ve been nice to move the ball a little bit out of the back and spread the field a little more, but it was good effort defensively, especially in the second half.”
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Archbishop Hoban 2, Buckeye 0
HOBAN 2 0 — 2
BUCKEYE 0 0 — 0
H — Duncan Ulman (Nathan Nagucki), 27:01.
H — Mikey Burrington (Parker Fisher), 17:06.
Shots on goal — Hoban 8, Buckeye 1. Corner kicks — Hoban 7, Buckeye 1. Saves — John Lauterjung (H) 0, Zachary Ridler (B) 6. Records — Hoban (5-0-1), Buckeye (1-2-1).