By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Late in the game, senior captain Ben Stamm skirted past the deployed Bulldog goalkeeper on a breakaway and comfortably tapped the ball into the net. As the shot trickled past the goal line, Stamm brought his pointer finger to his mouth and silenced the Canton crowd.
Stamm’s game-sealing goal gave the Eagles a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon and a reservation to the postseason. The striker says that Sharon (8-3-3) is peaking at the right time.
“We have to keep playing how we’ve been playing,” Stamm said. “Today was the best game we’ve played all season. Just playing as a unit, following the game plan, and creating chances,” Sharon’s leading scorer added.
The game plan Stamm alluded to included a formation change. The Eagles switched from a 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 in an attempt to beef up the midfield and create more scoring opportunities.
While the formation change proved successful, the Eagles failed to generate much offense in the first half. Both teams started the game sloppily, mostly due to an intense downpour that gradually slowed as the game progressed.
The Eagles first goal came early in the second half as Stamm flicked a ball from his feet to his head and passed it along to junior Andy “Hustle” Reyes-Jones. “Hustle” was posting up with his back to the goal and shielded his defender to create separation.
“It was a great header from Stamm and I turned toward the middle,” Reyes-Jones said. “I hit the left foot volley…Back of the net,” he added.
Reyes-Jones, who moved to Sharon from Pennsylvania this summer, will taste the playoffs in his first season with the Eagles.
“It feels very good. I believe we deserve it,” the striker said.
Sharon can clinch a Davenport division title with a win against Stoughton next week.