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Springville boys soccer team drops a pair of close contests to open season

EDEN—The Springville boys soccer team was on the short end of a pair of contests as they opened their season. The team dropped their opener against Lakeshore 2-1 and followed that with a 2-0 road loss at Eden. In both contests the games were scoreless at the break.

Against Lakeshore, Michael Spagnola got the game’s first goal to stake the Griffins to a 1-0 lead with a second-half rocket shot.

“I played a ball out to Maxx [Solly] and he sent it back to the inside to me and I took a couple of touches by a guy and just picked my head up and shot it through a couple of defenders,” Spagnola said. “I don’t think the goalie saw it right away because of a screen and it ended up going top right [corner] and I was happy with that and how the goal started with possession at midfield.”

The Eagles rallied with a pair of goals, while an apparent crease goal by Springville was nullified by an off-side call.

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“We played well,” varsity head coach Tom Szczerbacki said.

“We got caught out of position at times, but we had good possession. I think we’ll be fine if we communicate and support each other a little better,” Szczerbacki said. “The effort was there, we just couldn’t finish. We had a number of good opportunities and we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

Against Eden, a Jake Schreiber shot off the post almost tied the contest with about 10 minutes left to play. The wind played a factor and Springville received just a single corner kick opportunity for the entire game. Spagnola missed his second goal of the season by inches after a direct-kick opportunity.

“I don’t think a lot of us were used to a big turf field, but I thought we played pretty well for the most part,” Spagnola said about the Eden loss.“We had the ball for most of the time, but just got a pair of unlucky goals scored against us.”

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Joe Jablonski recorded about a dozen saves between the two contests as the team’s starter in net.

Although Lakeshore is not a league opponent, Springville will face them once more this season. The Griffins changed their look from last season by wearing all purple at home instead of white.

The Griffins return home Aug. 31 with a contest against Tonawanda slated for a 4:30 p.m. start.

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