Rivalry game

Marauders top Fredonia under the lights

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg Fredonia’s Jason Genovese and Dunkirk’s Trevor Skelly battle during Wednesday’s boys high school soccer game in Dunkirk.

The boys soccer teams of Dunkirk and Fredonia had a fierce battle every minute of the game, but in the end, Dunkirk escaped with a narrow 2-1 victory in a CCAA West League game on Wednesday night under the lights at Karl Hoeppner Field.

Fredonia (1-4, 0-3) scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute of the first half on a strike by Jason Genovese.

“Jason is a quick, hard working forward that puts himself in a great position to get his opportunities,” said Fredonia coach Jim Rush.

Dunkirk (1-3) did not take long to respond as Josue Alfaro scored three minutes later on a free kick perfectly placed in the corner of the net.

“Josue is a solid player that works hard every game,” stated Dunkirk coach Zackery Meadows. “He always keeps going and keeps the team going strong. That was a critical goal to get the momentum back quickly after giving up a goal.”

After several opportunities by both sides, Dunkirk’s Carlos Rosario scored the game-winner off an assist from Tristan Skelly that was set up by another quality free kick from Alfaro. Dunkirk was able to hold off a late push by Fredonia to pull out the victory.

According to Meadows, “I am proud of how the boys played. They really deserved this win. Trevor Skelly, in particular, really worked hard for the entire 80 minutes, making several noticeable great plays.”

Dunkirk goalkeeper Felix Garcia was pushed, but made 15 saves in the net, only allowing one goal. Fredonia goalie Carter D’Agostino made six saves in defeat.

“This was a great rivalry game that was played hard by both teams with several people coming out to support their teams,” stated Rush. “There were several opportunities on both sides, but in the end, Dunkirk was able to take advantage of one more chance. We knew that this was going to be a tight game with not a lot of space. I am proud of how we have played hard as we have lost all three league games by one goal while holding a lead in two of those games.”

Both coaches stated after the game that “the rivalry is alive and well.”

Dunkirk is back in action on Friday in a non-league game against Silver Creek. Fredonia looks to get its first league win on Monday against Olean.