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Youth Soccer: Monarchs U-12 earns 8-3 victory

The Hamburg Monarchs 12-and-under boys soccer team earned a decisive 8-3 victory over the Amherst Galaxy on June 10 at East Amherst’s Paradise Park. Six different players scored for Hamburg on a sloppy, rain soaked field.

Adept defensive play by Isaiah O’Connor and a key pass from Kyle Ingraham set up an open Gabe Mastrangelo, who opened the scoring. Ingraham notched his own marker on a pass from Matt Clifford for a quick 2-0 Monarchs’ lead. Amherst closed the gap to 2-1 in the 17th minute, but Anthony Tuber won a battle along the sidelines and threaded a ball to Clifford who found an open Mike Lange for a goal and 3-1 lead.

Three minutes later, captain Ryan Sutton sprung Jonah Kozak on a break. Kozak found the top of the twine to up the visitor’s lead to 4-1. In the 33rd minute, a Kozak corner kick was chested by Mastrangelo, who put the ball into the open goal for a 5-1 Hamburg advantage. In the first half’s final minute of play, Clifford pushed up from his center back position and combined with Kozak on a score for a 6-1 halftime lead.

In the second half, both Jared Rasinski and Seth Heeter put on a display of speed and ball control patrolling the midfield position. Their pressure created corner kick opportunities that were capitalized on by the Monarchs. Will McGowan buried a loose ball into the back of the net off a corner kick opportunity in the 46th minute for a 7-1 lead, but Amherst fought back in the 50th with a pretty goal off a free kick just outside the penalty area.

The Monarchs closed their scoring on the evening off another corner kick as Kozak got the handle on a loose ball and ripped a left footed shot from 20 yards out for an 8-2 Hamburg lead. Amherst would score again in the game’s final moments but the tally proved too little too late as the Monarchs cruised to the win. Josh Kacalski and Andrew Lauria combined for the victory in the net.

In other action, the Hamburg Monarchs U-16 girls improved to 1-1-1 on the season with a tough 1-0 road victory over Clarence. Kelsey Eggleston scored the lone Hamburg goal backstopped by fine games by Emily MacKinnon, Kara Kryszczuk, Jade Salzman, and Maia Kozak.

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