By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Despite a second half surge from the Stoughton Black Knights, the Sharon Eagles dominated the play and secured a 4-2 victory on a cold, muddy Wednesday afternoon.
Fueled by goals from Ben Stamm, Ian Camilli, Andrew Reyes-Jones, and Jeffrey Gao, the Eagles posted by far the best offensive performance of the season.
“We kept our heads up and scanned the field much better,” Stamm said. “We used the entire width and opened up countless opportunities,” the captain added.
With early goals from Stamm, Gao, and Reyes-Jones, the Eagles held a 3-0 lead into halftime. All three goals came off set-pieces or corner kicks.
“I think we get a lot of chances off corners every game, but this game especially they weren’t marking very well and we put in good crosses and finished our chances,” senior Jeffrey Gao said.
“There were even more set pieces that just bounced across the box so we could have had even more, but overall we did a great job taking advantage of their poor defending,” the defender added.
Stoughton responded with two unanswered goals to start the second half. Midfielder Ian Camilli’s gorgeous goal from the top of the box thwarted Stoughton’s comeback attempt.
Stoughton senior Loubensky Lucas, who had scored eight goals in the previous three games, was reduced by the Eagles stifling defense. The Hockomock Player of the Week could not find his rhythm against the Sharon back line.
With the win, the Eagles remain in first place of the Davenport division, but Stamm says that the team doesn’t “pay much attention to those standings.”
“Our goal is the state tournament, which drives us each day, and our mentality is to continue playing together and playing our game and the wins will follow.”
Photo Credit: Jasmine Kamali