On Monday afternoon, both of the Somers High School soccer teams defeated Stafford.
The boys won by a score of 3-1 and the girls shut out the Bulldogs 2-0.
For the boys, Luke Alvaro led the way with two goals. Joe Pantuosco used his head for the third Somers goal. Mike Dumas, Corey Brown, and Nick Elia notched assists.
Brown, a freshman midfielder, made his varsity debut in this game.
Jesse Reeves scored the lone goal for Stafford.
Somers outshot Stafford 31-13 and possessed the ball for most of the game. However, the Spartans trailed 1-0 at the half. Somers Coach Rick Kelley was pleased with the possession, saying that connecting numerous passes was the game plan. He did note however that consistency in finishing needs to be achieved.
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According to Kelley, this game was a great reminder that the 2012 team is not the 2011 team, and that it will have to fight for every inch of success this season.
Kyle Foster, Drew Fenton, Alvaro, and Pantuosco were key leaders in the win.
Kyle Trusch and Jeremy Ricard combined for nine saves for the Spartans. Andrew Buchanan made 30 saves for Stafford.
Somers (3-3) will travel to Enfield on Wednesday evening. Stafford (2-3) will travel to Canton the same day.
In the girls' game, the host Spartans dominated play in the first half but the game was tied 0-0 at the half. Somers' best scoring chance came on a left footed volley by Amanda Roberts which Stafford goalie Amber Pierce made a good save on.
About midway through the second half, Somers forward Jaclyn O’Grady intercepted a clearing ball from Stafford and blasted a goal from 30 yards to make it 1-0.
Somers kept the pressure on and was rewarded with an indirect kick from just outside the box. Lisa Lorenzi tapped it to Kathryn O’Connor who one-timed it into the upper righthand corner.
Hailee Stetson made nine saves for her first shutout of the year as Somers improved to 3-3 and Stafford fell to 1-3-1.
Kelsey Sloan played well on offense for Somers while Kylen O’Hearn excelled on defense.
Lauren Webb and Kiana Woods were standouts for Stafford.
Somers will host Enfield on Wednesday and Stafford hosts Canton the same day.