Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Monday night in the STAC finals the unthinkable happened.
The Vestal boys soccer team allowed a goal.
After 15 shutouts to begin the year, their goals against average is .06, while they average better than 3.6 goals a game themselves.
In this week's action sports spotlight we look at the two sides to one team's success.
" We've been looking forward to this season since we were in middle school"
If there are two sides to every story, then there are two sides to how good the Vestal boys soccer team has been this year.
The first is obvious from the hi-lites.
Goals seem to come easy to a front line group that mixes skill, speed and power.
Forward Geno Rocco says, " Most of us have been playing together since we were 8 years old. It's basically a combination of knowing what everybody is going to do and being able to move off the ball and get into spaces and playing quickly, which helps a lot."
The other side of the story comes from the unsung defensive unit.
The one that didn't allow a regular season goal, and pitched 16 straight shutouts to start their season.
Defender Alex Pelto says, " We had both the center backs coming back, me and Alex Monteith. We just try to keep them out as best we can and it lead to shutout after shutout."
Those shutouts have at times come in one sided blowouts, which doesn't always make it easier on the defense.
Goalie Logan Calvey says, " It's hard. You have to keep your head in the game no matter what and just always be ready to react to the changes that are happening. And just be ready to go."
It would seem the greatest challenge each group could face would be each other. So how to the two sides think that matchup would work out?
" We would have a lot of trouble." " They're very good."
" I don't know if we'd shut them out. They'd get something. It would be close"
" Maybe they'd hit a crossbar?"
" Yeah, maybe." " We'll let them have that."