Thursday September 26, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
Nick Bossert (right) competes for possession of the ball with Hamburg sophomore Peter Rindfuss in Frontier\'s 2-1 win on Monday. (Photo by Michael Petro)
Goaltending may have stolen the show in the only meeting between rival boys soccer teams Frontier and Hamburg on Sept. 23, but Brandon Galanti provided the game’s climax.
The Falcons’ leading scorer found the back of the net on a penalty kick in the first half, and then scored the game winner – his 12th goal of the season – with fewer than 15 minutes left in the game, to lead Frontier to a 2 – 1 win. Galanti got behind three Bulldog defenders in helping Frontier improve to 5 – 2. Both teams have grown, since last season. Hamburg is now 5 – 3 – 1.
“You have to sustain some pressure,” said Frontier head coach Nick Christou. “Sooner or later, you’ll have some opportunities on the other side. We got an opportunity on the back side. Galanti got a good pass, beat a few players and finished it.”
Both teams had plenty of chances to light up the scoreboard and seize momentum, but goaltending kept it tied until late into the second half.
“Fortunately, we were resilient enough to come back and have the mental toughness to sustain and get the win,” Christou noted.
Frontier controlled the first 15 minutes of play, before Hamburg began to press the goal. Frontier led 1-0 into the half. Hamburg then gained control for most of the second. The pressure of Shane Greene, who had a team-high nine goals coming into the game, led to the game-tying goal scored by Zach Dake, with 16:17 left in the game.
“[Greene] responded to our challenge today and really came up big,” said Hamburg first-year head coach Tony Schiappa. “He was around the ball all game long with [Dake], who are our two players that we do count on.”
Galanti responded with the game winner, fewer than 2 minutes later. His play also extended to distributing the ball. Goaltending was also critical for both teams, with Frontier’s Zachary Perkins’ making a number of saves, throughout the game.
“We had plenty of chances, especially in the second half,” Schiappa said. “I think we created enough, but give their goalie credit.”
This rivalry game was a show of improvement for both programs. “[We are] learning how to win,” Christou said. “Everyone has to [first] learn how to win.”