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Kicking It Up

Democrat Photo by Rob Potter

JOHN HOEFLING OF Fallsburg, left, and Chester’s Nick Aversa simultaneously kick the ball in Wednesday’s match.

Fallsburg Slams Foe

By Rob Potter
FALLSBURG — September 19, 2003 – The Fallsburg Comets scored their second OCIAA Division IV victory of the week on Wednesday.
After defeating Tuxedo, 3-2, in a double overtime match Monday in Tuxedo, Fallsburg faced visiting Chester on Wednesday afternoon.
The Comets scored three first half goals on their way to posting a 4-0 win over.
Fallsburg improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in OCIAA Division IV competition. Chester fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in Division IV.
Mike Juarez scored unassisted 9:13 into the match to give the Comets a 1-0 lead.
Then at the 32:18 mark, Fallsburg’s Nick Makofsky beat Chester goalie Kevin Jones with a low shot to extend the Comets’ lead to 2-0. Miguel Reyes was credited with an assist on the goal.
Nearly four minutes later, Fallsburg’s Victor Leventritt scored an unassisted goal. With the goal box crowded with both Comet and Hambletonian players on a corner kick, Jones stopped the initial Fallsburg shot but could not grasp the ball. Leventritt was able to get to the loose ball and fire it into the net.
Alex Flores scored the final Fallsburg goal with just 11 seconds left in the contest. He was assisted by Sean Buckner on the play.
“I think we did a pretty good job,” Fallsburg Coach Paul Marsden said. “We played flat for the first five to seven minutes but then we picked it up. Defensively, we kept Chester from getting too many opportunities at the goal.”
Fallsburg recorded 20 shots on goal to Chester’s 12.
Marsden added that his players are still learning how to work together. He expects the team to keep improving as the season moves along.
Chester Coach Mike Mallett is also looking for improvement in the next few weeks.
“We have a lot of young players,” Mallett said. “We’re building, but we’ll be okay.”
The Hambletonians have just three seniors on their roster. The majority of the squad consists of seven sophomores and two freshmen.
Jones was credited with 12 saves, while Comet goalie Antonio Gamble made five saves.

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