Florham Park, NJ – A revenge game was on order at THE DEN this Sunday as 9U wolFPack hosted Morris Elite in the return leg. The wolFPack’s gaffer had other commitments and the game was left in the hands of assistant coaches Paul Ewing and Brian Perillo
The drizzling weather saw the 9U wolFPack go down a goal in the first half of the game off break down from a corner kick.
It wasn’t too much after that when skipper Peter Garing netted his first goal of the contest. After the visiting goalie made a save on Garing, he rolled the ball out to his defenders. Garing picked out the pass and had about 5 guys to beat curving in and out and slicing back and forth and then slipped one in the onion bag drawing the home team in at ones.
On the subsequent kickoff, Garing steals the ball and dribbles past the last defender and slipped one from his left foot around the penalty spot making it a quick change of lead going into the half.
The second half momentum was with The wolFPack from the whistle. The kickoff started with Johnny Keogh centering off to co-skipper Danny Ewing who played it back to Garing.
Garing launched the ball down the field where Ewing stole the ball back and ripped a shot in the upper corner making the game 3-1.
Keogh created many opportunities to get on the scoreboard and was a nightmare for the visiting team.
Dylan Sugg played great on defense and contributed to Garing’s third goal on the day. Sugg passed the ball up to Garing who dribbled up the field cut the ball back onto his right foot and chipped the goalie completing the hat-trick.
Late in the game Johnny Keogh dribbling skills sees the ball go off a defender and out for a corner. Garing drills a hot corner into the mixer where Ewing dummies the ball for Mark Perillo who blasts a shot into the old onion bag opening his account for the first time..
Perillo also starred and shared net minding duty along with Matthew Toto. Perillo’s aggressive net minding style saw him closing down break-aways and stopping forwards from even getting a shot off. Toto was a brick wall in the second half stopping every and all shots that came his way. 3 saves were amazing with one of them being an outstretched diving saving keeping his sheet clean for the second half.
Assistant coach Ewing stated after the game, “We played a solid defensive game anchored by a strong rotating back line (Sugg, Cicarelli, Toto) with constant pressure up front (Brown, Rafael and Keogh)”
Ryan “Medichio” Medich, one of the wofFPackers consistent defenders had an outstanding game again. Medichio is one of the hardest working players in all of a MCYSA. Also holding up the backline was Dylan Sugg who stopped a break away and Nicholas Cicarelli who was a menace for the opposing forwards.
Dylan Brown, Daniel Rafael and Keogh played key roles in todays victory with their versatility in all positions giving. Their hard work and chasing down loose balls helped keep the game on the positive side of the pitch. Their constant pressure on the ball and not allowing the visitors to break through onto the negative side of the pitch allowed the wolFPack to capitalize throughout the day.
“When I heard the result on my way home I immediately thought I was going to get fired” Coach Garing stated when we caught up to him on the training ground. “It was a great win for the coaches, parents and more importantly the team”
wolFPack will play hosts on next Sunday to a strong Springfield then wrap up their season up in Pequannock