Wolverines defeat Panthers, 2-0

OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda Westfield/Brocton midfielder Josh Heim (4) battles for the ball against Pine Valley’s Cameron Hayes (21) in Tuesday’s game in Westfield.

OBSERVER Staff Report

WESTFIELD — The Westfield/Brocton Wolverines boys soccer team came away with a narrow victory on Tuesday over the Pine Valley Panthers, by a score of 2-0 in CCAA league action.

Westfield/Brocton controlled the tempo for a large part of the first half, then Gabe Morello capitalized on a pass from Josh Heim in the 39th minute to give the Wolverines the 1-0 lead.

“The first half we possessed a lot,” said Westfield/Brocton head coach Jay Pikiewicz. “The second half is when Pine Valley pressed us a bit — they had like five corners.”

Morello and Heim’s connection was a theme on Tuesday. During the first minute of the second half, Heim sent another beautiful cross to Morello who buried his second goal of the night to give the Wolverines the cushion they were looking for.

“Pine Valley was playing really good defense in the center of the field,” said Pikiewicz. “We were able to find some leeway down the outside and we capitalized.”

Westfield/Brocton was able to generate 15 shots on goal during the contest. Pine Valley goalkeeper Makiah Snyder played very well to keep the Wolverines out of the net on 13 of those shots.

Defensively for the Wolverines, Dylan Scriven and Nathan Culbreth held tough, and Mike Johnson tallied six saves in net for the Wolverines.

Westfield/Brocton (4-2, 2-0) improves to keep a perfect league record, and will travel to face North Collins on Thursday.

“North Collins is a strong and physical group,” added Pikiewicz. “We just need to recuperate and get refreshed for Thursday.”

Pine Valley (4-1, 0-1) lost its first game of the season, but looks to bounce back on Thursday against Silver Creek/Forestville at 4:30 p.m.