By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Propelled by a rejuvenated offensive attack predicated on diagonal runs and through balls, the SHS Boys Soccer team won their first game of the season in Attleboro.
The Eagles improve to 1-2-1 on the season with a convincing 3-1 victory against the Attleboro Bombardiers.
“We worked far harder as a team than we have before,” captain Ben Stamm said. “That showed as we put constant pressure and shots on their defense from the start of the game. We had so many opportunities, it was a surprise we didn’t score more,” the striker added.
Sharon was powered by goals from Stamm, freshman Isaiah Stessman, and junior Andrew Reys-Jones.
Stessman got Sharon off to a quick start with a gorgeous header goal off an Oliver Hu cross from the corner. Oliver Hu made his imprint on the game by using his speed to make diagonal runs down the wing.
“We started off the game really well. At practice we had talked about diagonal runs from the strikers and we began to hit them early,” junior Jimmy Fitzhenry said.
“We had a lot of opportunities and we capitalized on those,” he added.
The Bombardiers responded quickly on a direct kick from Zachary White that nipped the top left corner. Danny Emerman, who was filling in for Ethan Kantor at goalie, failed to position his defenders in time.
“I probably wouldn’t have saved it anyway, but that goal came down to a lack of communication,” Emerman said. “Our defense was terrific all game, though,” the keeper added.
With Stamm’s goal, Sharon went into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Rey-Jones’ redirection goal late in the second half served as insurance as the Eagles shut out Attleboro in the second half.