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ELDRED'S DAN DESSEAUVE (12) heads the ball towards Livingston Manor goalie Carlos Pineda in Tuesday’s game. Also trying to get to the ball was Manor’s Jared Bivins. Watching the play are Manor’s Steve Livsey, left, and Eldred’s John Schneider.

Eldred Doesn't Let Up

By Rob Potter
ELDRED — October 6, 2000 – Tuesday’s Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division IV boys’ soccer match between Livingston Manor and host Eldred featured an abundance of two things – goals and bugs.
Scores of small, May-fly like bugs hovered in the air all over the field. The tiny annoyances bothered players, coaches, officials and fans. Many players spent their time resting on the bench waving warm-up jackets in the air to shoo away the pesky creatures.
Goals were also seemingly everywhere in the contest. Unfortunately for Manor, the Yellow Jackets recorded the lion’s share as they rolled to an 8-1 victory.
Eldred sent more than two dozen shots at the Manor goal cage in the contest and if Wildcat goalie Carlos Pineda had not made a number of nice saves, especially in the second half, the final Yellow Jacket tally could have been in double digits.
As it was, Eldred’s Devin Weyant scored four times, John Schneider added a pair of goals and Justin Brundage and Anthony Sandina each contributed a goal.
Schneider opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game with a shot into the left corner of the net past Pineda.
About seven minutes later, Weyant scored to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes later, at the 18:35 mark, Schneider scored again off a nifty pass from Tom Butler. Butler’s pass from the wing set up Schneider a few feet in front of the goal and he booted it home.
By the end of the first half of play, the Yellow Jackets had a commanding 6-0 lead.
“We’re finally coming along,” Eldred Coach Roger Weyant said. “This was our third win in a row.”
Weyant noted that his team’s improvement stems from its passing ability.
“We’re passing the ball better and placing it better,” he said. “Instead of blasting the ball towards the goal way upfield, our guys are placing the ball in better (scoring) positions. That is making a difference.”
Although his squad suffered another defeat, Manor Coach Pete Feinberg saw some improvement in his team. Near the top of the list was the fact that the Wildcats scored a goal.
After being shut out five consecutive games, Manor got on the board versus Eldred. With 29:18 left in the game, Manor’s Jared Bivins scored on a penalty kick. Bivins sent the ball high and to the left of Eldred goalie Jim Nieke to end the Wildcat goal drought.
“We’re still building a program,” Feinberg said. “The kids are trying as hard as they can, they are playing as hard as they can up to their physical ability. Eventually we want to get this program to a point where we can be more competitive in the league.”
In addition to his goals, Schneider added a trio of assists in the game. Devin Weyant had two assists and Dan Desseauve also set up a pair of goals.
Nieke recorded 12 saves for Eldred, while Pineda had 26 saves.

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