Full steam ahead for ‘Cats
by Jack Deming
Oct 03, 2013 | 1572 views | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Wildcats had a big test Friday night, playing Springfield in the John Werner Tournament championship final, a game they lost to the same foe last year. The Wildcats have begun their season undefeated, and with a perfect season on the line, they refused to lie down. The Wildcats arrived and conquered, shutting out the Falcons while improving to 6-0 on the year.

Twin Valley’s offense would not kick it into high gear until the second half. Springfield was able to run with them and keep a 0-0 tie at the half. The Wildcats had their scoring opportunities in the first half, but missed opportunities kicked to the left and right kept the possible outcomes interesting. But as they have all season, Dal Nesbitt and Colin Lozito took the game under their control. At the 46th minute, Nesbitt scored off a perfect pass from Nick Nilsen in full stride, a kick so powerful Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford said he wasn’t sure Springfield goalie John Hildreth even saw it. Lozito performed his signature moves en route to a score in the 65th minute, taking a pass from Troy Felisko in the midfield, and using straight determination to beat three defenders and out-race one to his left, shooting into the lower right corner for the insurance goal. Felisko joined in the fun 10 minutes later following up a shot that he bounced off Hildreth’s hands for an unassisted goal, the fourth of his freshman year.

Sam Molner made four outstanding saves, one in the far reaches of the penalty box, while Oscar Smith, Jeremy Hunt, Eli Park, Cade Nesbitt, and Dylan Johnson once again played tough defense to preserve another shutout. Lozito was named most valuable player of the John Werner Tournament.

Twin Valley 8 Fair Haven 0

The Wildcat boys improved to a perfect 7-0 with a rematch win over the Fair Haven Union Slaters Monday night, scoring five goals in an eight-minute span during the second half to seal the game.

Goal number one for the Wildcats came from a defender, however, as Eli Park came up to the far post to tap in a corner kick from Colin Lozito for the lead. Lozito scored next at the 30th minute, taking a give-and-go pass from Justin Hicks into the box for the 2-0 lead. Cade Nesbitt joined his defensive counterpart Park with a goal of his own moments later, flying into the box to knock in a Lozito corner kick for the second goal of his four-year career.

In the second half, Lozito took a pass from Jacob Hicks for his second goal, while Dal Nesbitt, and Nick Nilsen scored three goals combined within the next minute and a half to pour it on. Keegan Reed kicked in his first goal of the year off a pass from Dal Nesbitt to add the icing to the cake. Nesbitt ended the game with two goals and two assists, while Lozito ended with four assists and two goals.
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