OSWEGO — The Oswego varsity boys soccer team had a rush of opportunities toward the end of the game, but ended up falling to Central Square 1-0 Tuesday at Oswego Middle School.
The lone goal of the game came from the foot of Central Square’s Ethan Westfall in the middle of the second half off a long ball that bounced past Oswego’s goalkeeper Kyle Familo, who chased after it but came up just short while running backwards.
Oswego coach Tom Benjamin said Familo was just unlucky after having to run the opposite way toward the ball.
“There were players that stepped up to the ball and then didn’t get back to their position, which led to something,” Benjamin said. “I saw more of a defensive problem than a goalie problem.”
Outside of the allowed goal, Familo finished the game with 11 saves, including a lot of crosses and corners even though he is “not the tallest guy on the team,” Benjamin added.
“There were a lot of crosses that he dominated on against a tall (Logan Foster) on their team,” he said. “I’m proud of him. (Central square had) a lucky flick.”
The Buccaneers produced only four shots during the first half, with a close call from Sasha Loayza, but managed to go into halftime unscathed with the score knotted at zero. The team did have three corners in the half, none of which were to any success.
Benjamin mentioned the team had some moments in the first half that allowed Central Square to maintain offensive possession of the ball a little more.
“Toward the end, we were just trying to hold out to halftime without a goal against us,” he said. “The second quarter of the game, we weren’t real dangerous offensively.”
Ryan Bakos had three of the six shots for the Bucs. Restem Bouffard and John Winchek had the other two shots for Oswego. Two of Bakos’s shots were with 15 minutes left in the game. One was a low shot to the left side of the net, stopped by a diving Kody Haywood of Central Square, and another when he pushed off the ball in the box.
Benjamin would have wanted to see a penalty kick since the play was inside the box or even just a free kick outside the box. Outside of that call, Benjamin thought a couple more cards could have been handed out early in the game to calm things down.
“There were things being said on the field that I wish the refs had put an end to early,” he said. “(My team) hit some opposition, some chippy play, and they were able to keep their heads and didn’t react negatively. I was proud of them for that.”
Central Square tallied 12 shots as a team. Bryce Koagel and Foster both registered three for the Hawks. Gabe Peters added two shots of his own. Haywood made six saves in the net.
Overall, Benjamin was proud of his young team, which consists of three seniors and 14 sophomores/juniors, against a team like Central Square, which has nine seniors and only three sophomores.
“I’m proud of my guys. They played with heart. They played with class,” he said. “They went out and almost took it from a quality side in Central Square.”
Oswego (1-1) travels to Fowler on Thursday for a league matchup against the Falcons.
“We take stock. What did we do well? What did we not do well?” Benjamin said. “There’s not a lot of time. But you choose a couple things that will make the biggest difference in the next few games, and that’s what you work on.”