September 18, 2014

Starpoint boys soccer claims sole possession of first place with win over East Aurora

AJ Wade and the Starpoint boys soccer team, the eighth-ranked Class A program in the state as of Sept. 15, claimed sole possession of first place in ECIC III with a win over East Aurora Sept. 17. Photo by Dave DeLuca.

It has been a whirlwind week for the Starpoint boys soccer team.

They Spartans were ranked the eighth-best Class A team in all of New York State, and now they've claimed sole possession of ECIC III with a 1-0 victory over East Aurora on Wednesday (Sept. 17) afternoon.

The Spartans (7-0, 4-0 ECIC III) even came out of the gates like the eighth-ranked team in the state, pelting East Aurora with scoring chance after scoring chance to start the game, and finally were able put one home for the game’s first and only goal just eight minutes in.

“The earlier that you get a goal, the easier it is to keep that goal,” said Starpoint head coach Scott Bindemann. “Then you can play your style. If you don’t get the goal quickly you tend to just clutch a little bit more and you are trying too hard. Once you get one goal then you can play the way you like to play.”

The goal came from perhaps an unlikely source in Tyler Valentine, who usually sets up more tallies than he scores, but he was able to get his own rebound and put it past the keeper.

It would have been easy to get frustrated early on as Starpoint came close on multiple occasions, but it couldn't finish off its chances on Blue Devils' goalkeeper Pat Shea.

That, however, was never the case as the Spartans continued to bring the offensive pressure before and after Valentine’s goal.

“We don’t like to go defensive,” said Valentine. “If you go defensive they tend to put a few in but with the attack that we have you always like to attack and... Read the rest of this article in Sports


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