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Youth Soccer: Monarchs U-12 team continues fast start to season

The Hamburg Monarchs 12-and-under Black team continued its successful start to the 2013 BWNYJSL season with a 9-0 win over the host Orchard Park Red Bulls at the Orchard Park Soccer Complex on May 9.

Gabe Mastrangelo started the scoring only four minutes into the contest quickly followed by two successive Josh Kacalski goals.

Before 10 minutes expired, Jared Rasinski scored the first of his three goals on the evening on a cross from Jonah Kozak for a 4-0 lead the Monarchs took into halftime.

The Monarchs were buoyed by strong defensive performances by Isaiah O’Connor, Nick Sobczak and Will McGowan. Creative play by Michael Lange and Anthony Tuber controlled the ball at midfield and helped create five second half goals.

Four minutes into the second half, a Kacalski goal kick released Kyle Ingraham on a breakaway for Hamburg’s fifth goal.

Later in the half, the usually defensive-minded Matt Clifford penciled his name on the scoresheet ripping his first goal of the season. One minute later, Andrew Lauria added his first of the season for the 7-0 Monarchs’ advantage.

The highlight of the second half came in the form of the stellar keeper play of Alex Roth. A handball in the box gave the Red Bulls a penalty shot in the game’s 65th minute. Roth’s diving, fingertip save preserved the shutout.

Rasinski scored twice in the game’s waning minutes on passes from Mastrangelo and Kozak to cap the scoring. The victory moves the Monarchs atop their division with a 3-0-0 record good for nine points.

In other U-12 action, the Hamburg Blue team used goals by Ian Snyder, Tim Oswald, and Dylan Crowley to forge a 3-3 tie with South Buffalo at the Nike Base. The draw ups the Blues’ record to 1-1-1 with 4 points in BWNYJSL action.
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