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Wolverines are flawless in 6-0 victory over Frewsburg

OBSERVER Photos by Christian Storms Westfield/Brocton goalkeeper Michael Johnson slides to make a save during his 6-0 shutout performance against Frewsburg on Monday.

BROCTON — The Westfield/Brocton (14-0, 8-0) boys soccer team kicked off Brocton’s homecoming week with a huge victory over Section VI CCAA Division 2 Central opponent Frewsburg, 6-0, at Brocton High School on Monday. In the two teams prior matchup this season in Frewsburg (2-8-3, 2-5-1), the Wolverines only could manage one goal, but in front of the home crowd in Brocton the offense showed up early and exploded for six goals.

In the first couple minutes of play the visiting Bears tried to set the tempo by getting some chances toward the Wolverines’ net, but they ran into Michael Johnson in net and the defensive back line of the Wolverines. The Wolverines did a really good job of quickly responding to the Bears offensive pressure and brought a fierce counter-attack that yielded some chances.

“They did a nice job to send some balls deep into our area,” Westfield/Brocton head coach Jared Winder stated about Frewsburg. “Defensively, Dylan Scriven and Elber and Isaac and Connor they did an excellent job of cutting them down and turning around and creating a counter-attack for us. We ended up scoring a couple times off counter-attacks.”

It took just until the sixth minute for the Westfield/Brocton offense to find the back of the net when Jason Almeter received a nice cross into the box from Josh Heim and buried it to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Before you could blink, the Wolverines were back on a quick counter-attack into Frewsburg territory and Nathan Culbreth found Almeter in the box and Almeter showed off his great dribbling ability as he tapped home his second goal for the 2-0 lead in just the seventh minute.

The Wolverines’ offense didn’t slow there as they added another goal in the 13th minute, this time it was Almeter getting the assist as he connected with Culbreth who gave Westfield/Brocton the comfortable 3-0 lead.

Wolverines defender Elber Lopez-Hernandez (3) moves the ball during Monday's game.

“Overall we played a nice full team game on both ends,” said Coach Winder. “We came out on fire offensively and jumped to an early lead, which helped carry the momentum through the remainder of the game.”

Frewsburg did not give up there as they responded with some more brief offensive opportunity that could not be sustained as the back line centered by Dylan Scriven was quick to move the ball upfield to the talented forwards.

In the 18th minute, Almeter capped off his hat trick by cleaning up a juicy rebound on a Darien Swanson shot. The Frewsburg goalkeeper Calob Carr was doing all he could against the barrage of shots by the potent Westfield/Brocton offense. Carr finished with 16 saves in the effort and did what he could in the losing effort.

“Our goaltender today is the one who is holding us in and out of games,” stated Frewsburg head coach Spyros Kolivas. “He had close to 15-16 saves. This year he is playing real well… he’s a good goalkeeper.”

Almeter netted the final goal of the first half in the 22nd minute on another big assist from Heim and gave the Wolverines a huge 5-0 lead. The Wolverines’ offense did not let off there, but were turned away on big chances by Carr in net to keep it 5-0.

The Wolverines' goalkeepers Michael Johnson (left) and Cole Holland are all smiles as they combined for a clean sheet in Monday's game against Frewsburg.

“Jay there he took four shots and scored all four goals,” Coach Winder stated about Jason Almeter. “He was just finding the net early and often. He’s a very dynamic talent. Anytime he’s got the ball at his feet, he does special things with the ball.”

Headed into the second half with a comfortable lead, the Wolverines let Cole Holland finish out the game in net as Michael Johnson moved up to forward. Holland turned away a handful of chances in the second half to maintain the clean sheet for the Wolverines.

Four minutes into the second half the Wolverines netted their final goal, as Culbreth snuck by the defense and sent a strike to the low left corner, just inside the post and reached the final of 6-0. Westfield/Brocton nearly added to its total on a Dylan Scriven breakaway, but Carr turned him away and kept the score at 6-0.

Westfield/Brocton is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to North Collins and Frewsburg hosts Pine Valley/Gowanda on Wednesday.

Westfield/Brocton's Jordan Czak carries the ball down the wing during Monday's game.

Josh Heim prepares to deliver a cross during Monday's game against Frewsburg. Heim recorded three assists in the Wolverines victory.

Westfield/Brocton midfielder Darien Swanson (2) attempts to dribble around Frewsburg defender Joel Reinagel (4).

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