Somers wins behind Pantuosco's assists

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Thu., Oct. 11, 2012
Senior Joe Pantuosco crosses the ball into the box during the first half of a game versus Windsor Locks on Oct. 10. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Joe Pantuosco crosses the ball into the box during the first half of a game versus Windsor Locks on Oct. 10. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Somers High School boys’ soccer team extended their season long win streak to five games as they defeated the Windsor Locks Raiders 4-1 on Oct. 10 at Somers High School. The victory came a day after a tough 3-1 victory at Coventry High School.

Somers came out of the gates a bit sluggish after their matchup with Coventry and surrendered a goal in the eighth minute. Windsor Locks sophomore defender Kenan Omerbasic played a ball from the Raiders’ backfield to senior midfielder Chase Dargie, who patiently waited for the defense to over pursue before firing a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Trusch.

“The first goal inspired the boys and they worked hard after,” said head coach Rick Kelley. “We need to stop allowing the first goal to happen and having to play with our backs against the wall. They have plenty of heart to carry it out.”

Somers answered right back a couple of minutes later when senior forward Joe Pantuosco crossed the ball into the box to senior Michael Dumas, whose shot from just inside the box ricocheted off the crossbar down into the net. Somers would put another one on the board in the 14th minute, when junior Austin Ficara beat the keeper far post after the Windsor Locks defense failed to clear a corner from Pantuosco.

Somers dodged a bullet a minute later when Windsor Locks' leading scorer, senior forward Keifer Souza, beat the defense and goalie on a breakaway but pushed the equalizer just wide. Somers would build the lead to 3-1 before the half on a cross from Pantuosco to senior Luke Alvaro, who pushed the ball into the back of the net. Somers' lone goal in the second half was scored by junior Brandon Scanlon and assisted by senior Nick Elia.

“Their total potential is to take care of teams and to take care of the ball, when they focus on it,” Kelley said. “Occasionally there are lulls and it’s something that we need to overcome to be consistent for 80 minutes. They are on a roll and we are excited.”


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