North Collins holds off Westfield, 2-1

OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda Westfield’s Jason Almeter plays the ball as Mark Snow (left) and Alen Hornberger of North Collins defend during Wednesday’s high school boys soccer game.

WESTFIELD — The North Collins Eagles held off a late push by the Westfield Wolverines to hang on to a 2-1 victory in a CCAA Central battle on Wednesday night.

The Eagles (4-1, 4-3) got off to a quick start with a solid first half performance with several scoring chances. Senior T.J Jimerson connected early in the first half with an assist from Mike Gullo. Later in the half, Jimerson tallied another goal, with a perfectly placed pass from David Gullo.

Westfield (3-2, 4-6) finally connected on its first goal of the game in the 25th minute of the second half when Josh Heim connected with a strike into the corner of the net off a pass from Jason Almeter.

After the goal, Westfield had several quality scoring chances to tie the game, but goaltender Anthony Novoa made a few quality saves to fend off Westfield.

“The goal by Westfield really changed the momentum of the game,” said North Collins coach Jay Walters. “Westfield is a well coached team with Almeter leading the way. They pushed hard towards the end.”

Novoa made five saves in goal while Mike Johnson made seven saves for the Wolverines.

“Both teams were evenly matched today,” stated Westfield coach Jay Pikiewicz. “They were able to play to their strengths more than we did. North Collins was able to mark our forwards as they limited our opportunities. We are injured and hurt, but on the mend.”

According to Walters, “We are still developing as a team. Some of our players saw limited time due to a few injuries, but our bench was able to step up and did a thorough job filling in those gaps. Overall, I am pleased by our effort.”

North Collins is in action again on Friday for a non-league match up against Springville while Westfield hosts rival Chautauqua Lake on Monday.