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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen boys' soccer team shut out the Johnsonburg Rams 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon in a match played at the SMAHS soccer field.
The Dutchmen had two goals in the first half and one in the second to record the win.
"Both teams came out very, very slow at the beginning. We got fortunate and put the first one (goal) in and got lucky on an own goal that they scored, and that was enough to keep us ahead of the game. They came out hard in the second half and picked it up a little bit," said St. Marys coach Russ Micale.
"St. Marys has a nice team. Last time we played them, I think the score was 6-1. [Today we had a] 3-0 shutout [with] a couple of goals that were just little oddball goals," said Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski. "But they had more than enough shots. They were definitely the better team, there's no doubt about that."
"My wings played an excellent game, Caleb Hefright and Caleb Garvey, both of them played an excellent game up and down and pretty much shut down their big crosses later on, but they still found a way to get it in the goal. But once we got that away from them we were a little more competitive. They played a good game, we've just got to beat the teams we can beat and that's coming up," Rezmerski added.
The game started off as a back-and-forth contest, with each team taking several shots and keeping both goalies on their toes. Despite the team's best efforts, it took the Dutchmen almost 35 minutes to get on the board.
The team's first goal finally came as Michael Fox headed a pass from Weston Challingsworth past Johnsonburg keeper Mason Walters with 6:14 remaining in the half to put the Dutchmen up 1-0.
The team's next goal came less than two minutes later at the 4:43 mark. Dutchmen Matt Hoffman threw the ball in and a Johnsonburg defender attempted to head it away from the goal; however, the ball went backwards and past Walters into the back of the net to give St. Marys a 2-0 lead.
The Dutch squad had 14 shots in the first half while Johnsonburg had five shots and five corner kicks.
St. Marys scored their final goal of the contest right away at the start of the second half as Fox again found the back of the net with 39:40 left on the clock to make the score 3-0.
The Rams picked up the momentum in the second half, but were still unable to get on the board. They had 11 shots and a corner kick in the second half, while St. Marys had 14 shots and two corner kicks.
The win makes the Dutchmen 5-4 on the season, while the loss drops Johnsonburg to 1-9.
St. Marys will return to action on Thursday afternoon when they play host to the Ridgway Elkers at 4 p.m. Johnsonburg will be on the road Thursday as they travel to Port Allegany for a 4 p.m. match.