Camden boys, girls defeated in openers
PROCTOR 7, CAMDEN 0 » Nigel Meagher made 11 saves for the Blue Devils boys soccer team in Tuesday’s season- opening loss.
MEXICO 5, CAMDEN 1 » Jenna VanAl len netted the Blue Devils’ lone goal in the season- opening loss.
CANASTOTA4, HERKIMER 1 » Logan Hood and Skyler Donley overcame a close loss in the first set for a 5-7, 6- 4, 7- 6(7- 4) victory to take the first doubles point. two goals and an assist for the Bears.
“I was not (expecting to score three goals),” said Spurgeon. “I was impressed. The team played well and moved the ball well, so it was nice.
“Everybody’s enthusiasm, their ball movement and everything, how they passed the ball, it was fun.”
Spurgeon also had an assist in the victory, finding Larsson for the first goal of the match in the 7th minute. The senior netted his first goal in the 16th minute and Larsson poked in a corner kick a minute later for a 3- 0 Chittenango advantage. Vince Cameron’s lefty shot in the 19th minute pushed that edge to 4- 0.
Phoenix responded to Cameron’s goal immediately when Adam Hahn scored the Firebirds’ lone goal of the match in the 20th minute. They would occasionally bring the ball across midfield but didn’t seriously threaten again in the first half.
The Bears, meanwhile, were far from done. Spurgeon scored his second goal in the 21st minute and Ryder recorded his first two minutes later, dribbling around keeper Sam Stellingwerf and finishing to extend the lead to 6- 0.
Ryder assisted on a Wesley Stanton goal in the 26th minute before driving a long shot inside the far post in the 32nd for his second goal. Zach Jasmin scored in the 37th minute and Larsson completed his hat trick with a goal in the 39th, giving Chittenango a 10-1 advantage going into halftime.
Phoenix slightly improved its possession in the second half and made a bid for a second goal when Riley Belknap took a shot from the right side. Chittenango keeper Noah Schnuaffer dove to his left and deflected the ball for one of his four saves on the day.
Spurgeon capped the scoring with his third goal, coming in the 55th minute.
“It’ll help us keep going forward,” Spurgeon said of the victory. “It’ll help us with the season, obviously, keep the momentum going.”
Chittenango advances to face Central Square in the championship match of the More than a Game Tournament, scheduled for today at 2 p.m.
“We’ve gotta prepare now for Central Square,” said Thomas. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us the next game.
“I’m pleased with the start and hopefully we can carry it into Thursday.”